Central office for police and council?

A LOBBYING group in Clevedon has written to leaders of the police and North Somerset Council to suggest the organisations open a joint public office in the town centre.

Members of Clevedon First, which was formed in August with the hope of making positive changes in the town, believe the authorities, along with Clevedon Town Council, should have a presence in a central location.

They have suggested they open a public office in a disused shop unit in Queens Square, where residents can easily access information and report issues.

The group has written to Inspector Tim Coombe of Avon and Somerset police as well as Cllr Terry Porter, chairman of North Somerset Council, to suggest the idea.

Cllr Jane Geldart, a Clevedon First member, also plans to put it forward as an idea for Clevedon Town Council to consider. As yet no responses have been received.

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The letter, written by Andrew Withers on behalf of Clevedon First, said: “Clevedon has a police station that can hardly be described as central, it is also very rarely open to the public, and both the town council and district council are not located in the town centre for the public to access. This is promoting a divorce between the three bodies and the public.

“We are advocating that all three bodies share one of the empty shop fronts equally for members of the pubic to collect forms or report matters to either body.

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“It is important the town centre is kept alive and we look forward to your support.”

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