Avon & Somerset Police stations to close

Avon & Somerset police helmet badge Photo: PA

Avon & Somerset Police say that moving to three police and custody centres in Bridgwater, Patchway and Keynsham has given them the chance to look at their buildings and whether they meet the force's needs in the 21st century.

It has announced that a third of its premises will be closed by 2019.

I do not want residents to feel that the police are withdrawing from their area or street. Far from it. Our plans are about reducing the amount of oversized and under-utilised buildings we own and providing the best possible access for our communities.

In the traditional sense, police stations as you know them now, will change. Soon you are much more likely to see your local police team located with other ‘blue light’ services such as fire and ambulance or with your local council. This means that the police will be where you need them most, in the heart of your community.

This is an exciting time for local policing and reinforces our commitment to serving our communities while being more efficient and cost effective with our buildings.

– Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

The changes and some of reasoning behind them are laid out below:

BRISTOL DISTRICT

Avonmouth

To close and co-locate to a new station in Southmead. Beat surgeries nearby.

The current enquiry office has a very low footfall

Time scale: 2016/17

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***Bishopsworth*

To close and move to Broadbury Road

The existing building is under-occupied. The force will look for a local space to host beat surgeries.

Time scale: 2016/17

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***Brislington*

To close and move to Broadbury Road

The existing building is under-occupied. The force will look for a local space to host beat surgeries.

**Time scale: 2015/16

Broadbury Road**

Keep open and refurbish

The enquiry office is well used. Once custody is relocated it could become a one-stop-shop for the community.

Time scale: 2016/17

Fishponds

Keep open

Southmead

To close and move to a new station nearby

Move enquiry office and policing base to a new station in Southmead

Time scale: 2016/17

The Bridewell

Keep open

_This is the flagship city centre police station

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Trinity Road

To close and move to a smaller location nearby

Custody will move to Patchway in Summer 2014

Time scale: 2015/16**

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NORTH EASTERN DISTRICT

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****Police Centres


***Keynsham Police Centre*

This newly-built Police Centre will house 48 custody cells, specialist crime investigation teams, a multi-agency safeguarding team and victim and witness focus team. The enquiry office will be located to another site in Keynsham

Time scale: Summer 2014

Patchway Police Centre

This newly-built Police Centre will include an enquiry office, 48 custody cells, crime investigation teams and local policing teams.

Time scale: Summer 2014 _

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Police Stations

Bath

To close and co-locate with Bath & North East Somerset Council

A new Bath enquiry office and local policing base is to be co-located with the local council on Manvers Street.

Time scale: 2017/18

Chipping SodburyKeep open

Filton

Closed and move to the new Patchway Police Centre

Keynsham

To close and co-locate with Bath & North East Somerset Council in the Town Hall

Time scale: Spring 2015

Kingswood

Keep open

Radstock

To close and move to new facility nearby

Time scale: 2016/17

SOMERSET DISTRICT

Police Centre

Bridgwater Police Centre

The new Police Centre will house an enquiry office. It will include 36 custody cells, investigation teams, specialist operations, neighbourhood teams and CSI.

Timescale: Summer 2014

Police Stations

Bridgwater

To close and move to new Police Centre in Bridgwater and a co-located station in the centre

Timescale: Autumn 2014

Burnham-on-Sea

To close and new station to open nearby

Timescale: 2014/15

Chard

To close and move to smaller base

Timescale: 2016/7

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Cheddar

To close and move to smaller base

Timescale: 2016/7

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***Clevedon*

Keep open as co-location with North Somerset Council

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***Crewkerne*

To close and to open a new local policing base

Timescale: 2017/18

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***Frome*

To close and move to temporary location before a new station is built on the existing site

Timescale: May 2014 (closes) New station opens 2015/16

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***Minehead*

To close and co-locate nearby

Timescale: 2016/17

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***Nailsea*

To close and new station to open nearbyTimescale: 2015/16

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***Somerton*

To close and new base to open

Timescale: 2017/18

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***Street*

To close and new station to open nearby, possibly with fire and ambulance services

Timescale: 2017/18

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***Taunton*

To close custody and move to Bridgwater Police Centre. New local police station to open in Taunton.

Timescale: 2015/16

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***Wellington*

Keep open

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***Wells*

Keep open

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***Weston-super-Mare*

Co-located local policing base at Town Hall. New response hub to open on outskirts of Weston-super-Mare

Timescale: New response hub to open 2016/2017

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***Williton*

To close and co-locate with Minehead

Timescale: 2016/17

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***Wincanton*

The enquiry office will remain co-located with South Somerset Council

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***Yeovil Police Station*

To close and new local policing base to open

Timescale: 2016/17