Police Station may not have to close down after all
Police Station may not have to close down after all thanks to two
organisations moving in to share the building, it has emerged this
Ryan Edwards, speaking during this week's Town Council meeting,
revealed that two organisations are sharing office space in the
Burnham Road station.
said: "Homes In Sedgemoor and Knightstone Housing are to share
office space in the station."
means that keeping the station at the heart of the community is
sustainable and a real boost for local policing."
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Sgt Edwards said that the long-term future
of the station is looking brighter.
is great news, its looking more secure, but its still
too early to say whether it will not close in the longer term."
possible closure of the station was first announced three years
ago as part of a cost-saving excercise.
have been exploring the possibility of moving to other secure premises
in Burnham-On-Sea, including the Fire Station in Marine Drive or
the Library in Princess Street.
Mountsevens, the region's Police and Crime Commisioner, said in
2016 that Burnham Police Station is considerably bigger than needed,
MP James Heappey welcomed the news that cost-sharing measures are
being introduced at the towns police station, which may help
secure its future.
Heappey said: "The decision to close Burnham Police Station
the last police station in North Sedgemoor was always
wrong headed and unpopular with the local community."
I welcome the news that a more savvy way of sharing the costs of
the building might now allow the station to stay open."
and Highbridge residents have felt an increase in crime recently,
including some particularly high profile and troubling incidents,
and so a permanent police presence in the town provides some reassurance."
hope this arrangement with Homes in Sedgemoor and Knightstone Housing
will stop further talk of closure."
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