March 9, 2016
MP calls for decision to close Burnham Police Station to be reversed

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week called for the decision to shut the town's police station to be reversed.

James Heappey has spoken out against the cost-cutting plans after we reported here that the Police Station's enquiry office looks set to move into the town's library, according to Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

James Heappey told "Libraries make excellent focal points for residents to access information. I enjoy holding my surgeries in Burnham Library and it would be great to see the police, council and other authorities using them too."

"However, whilst the library is the perfect place for a police officer or PCSO to hold a drop in session for residents who want a quick chat, libraries are not a replacement for a police station."

"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."

"I support Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner candidate Mark Weston in calling for the decision to be reversed."

Also see:
Police to 'open library office' when Burnham's Police Station shuts
Burnham-On-Sea Police Station to close as move to fire station nears
Burnham voters set to go the polls to choose police commissioner


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