Police Station 'is three times bigger than needed' says PCC
Police & Crime Commissioner has 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 down.
Sue Mountstevens, right, officially launched her candidacy this
week for May's local elections to choose the next Police and Crime
the looming closure of Burnham's Police Station - which was first
reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here
last year - continues to be a key local issue on the campaign
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As your PCC for four years, I can
see that much has been achieved but much remains to do to create
a police force for our times. I have led the introduction of much
greater transparency into Police processes, devoted protection
for our most vulnerable (especially child sexual abuse and domestic
abuse) and hit an all time low in number of burglaries. Local
residents' satisfaction with our Police has improved from 71%
"So far so good. However, our Avon & Somerset Police
have had to find £60million savings over the last four years,
and there is still at least £16million more to find before
is ironic - almost laughable - that the Tory PCC candidate is
criticising the downsizing of some police stations. The Tories
have cut 17,000 police officers in England & Wales and imposed
20% cuts. If the Tory candidate retained the police stations that
the police themselves do not want to keep open, where will his
axe fall - fewer beat officers?"
added: "The Burnham police station is three times larger
than they need, say the Police themselves. This is inefficient."
County Council is currently in discussions with the Police about
a possible move into Burnham library.
added: "The truth is that the Police are moving within Burnham
- not leaving. Voters need to be very sure that whoever they choose
to take up the role of the PCC has the managerial and leadership
skills to lead a complex policing organisation. Clearly, not just
a career politician."
continued: "To further improve residents' accessibility to
the Police, I have agreed to increase investment into the 101
number for non-emergencies. This will result in being able to
get through quicker. Satisfaction from callers is high but we
must answer the calls more quickly."
Chief Constable and I want to strengthen our neighbourhood Police
teams. We have agreed to recruit 128 Police Officers this year.
I was delighted to attend the graduation of 16 Police Officers
and 15 PCSO's last month."
fund more Police officers, we need to operate efficiently. That's
why I want to continue in co-locating with local authorities,
fire and ambulance. Using your money wisely to reinvest. Remember
for every £1million saved, 20 Police officers' jobs are
want to protect our Police officers and staff. Residents' confidence
comes from seeing local officers and PCSO's in local neighbourhoods.
Robust and strong communities that look out for each other are
safe communities. That is why I am a passionate supporter of Community
Speed Watch and Neighbourhood Watch."
given the opportunity to remain your PCC, I will continue to use
your money wisely. I will support further collaborations with
other forces sharing back offices. We need to reinvest these savings
into tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Abuse, crimes
against our most vulnerable and Cybercrime."
in Burnham and other rural towns I would ask the Chief Constable
to deliver strong neighbourhood teams, embedded in our local communities,
so that we can be safe and feel safe. Together we are stronger."
Mark Weston, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I do not support the closure of
Burnham-On-Sea Police Station. I regard it as an important part
of the fabric of community policing."
believe that the station is especially important in the summer
when people flock to Brean. The station serves as the hub for
policing the massive increase in people coming to the area."
"I believe that since the financial situation has improved
over what was previously expected that we have the flexibility
to review the planned closure plans and think again at how we
best serve local communities across Somerset, including here in
debate comes as residents across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
area will go to the polls for the PC election on Thursday 5th
Police Station to close as move to fire station nears
voters set to go the polls to choose police commissioner