launched to save Burnham police station from closure
and Somersets Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has this
week been urged to suspend the closures of Burnham-On-Sea police
comes as a new Freedom of Information request has revealed that
12 stations across the police force area are in the process of
being vacated, closed or sold and a further 13 are under review
to save money.
PCC candidate Mark Weston, pictured with Burnham's MP James Heappey
and supporters outside the town's police station this week, says
he wants the closures suspended.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Following the Governments
protection for overall police budgets, we have more money in the
pot and can look again at these closures."
been campaigning hard to keep our stations open so officers
arent just a glorified taxi service taking offenders to
the nearest custody suite in Bridgwater."
public and the police need a proper presence in our towns, not
just a desk in a library and they want officers with time to do
the job they are trained for."
elected, Mr Weston says he will prioritise community policing
and maintaining a visible presence in the area.
James Heappey says: "Burnham and Highbridge needs a police
station of its own to make residents feel secure and to provide
a base for policing in the town and nearby during
the summer when the population increases with all our visitors."
support Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner candidate
Mark Weston in calling for the decision to be suspended."
current Police & Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountsevens, said
this week that Burnham-On-Sea Police Station is three times bigger
than needed - and that's one of the reasons why it's due to close
following police stations are in the process of being vacated,
closed or sold: Avonmouth, Bath, Bishopsworth, Bower Ashton, Bournville,
Burnham, Cheddar, Southmead, Frome, Keynsham, Minehead and Nailsea.
Sites under review to reduce space and cost include Chard, Ilminster,
Radstock, Shepton Mallet, Somerton, Glastonbury, Taunton, Trinity
Road, Wellington, Weston-super-Mare, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil.
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