Neighbours' anger at police over decision to seal private gates

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 September 2015

Alan Plumpton's gate in his back garden that cuts across Nailsea police station car park.

Alan Plumpton's gate in his back garden that cuts across Nailsea police station car park.

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People living near Nailsea Police Station have been told their gates will be sealed up to stop them cutting across the car park.

Residents of Hillcrest Road have been using the car park as a short cut to access the nearby shops for around 30 years.

The police station is now up for sale and neighbours have been sent a letter by Avon and Somerset Constabulary to inform them they will no longer be able to use the route. Angry neighbour Alan Plumpton said: “I am a resident who has shared a boundary fence with Nailsea Police Station for over 30 years, during which time my adjacent neighbours and I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the police. “We have been allowed to gain access to the rear of our properties (with permission) on many occasions and have crossed the car park to gain easy access to the shopping centre.

“Out of the blue, without warning or justification, in a very abrupt letter we have been told that the police intend to seal off our gateways to prevent us crossing the car park. As the houses were built many years before the station was constructed the boundary fences in question belong to the residents, who have erected, replaced and maintained these over many years.

“As far as I am concerned, in these circumstances the police have no authority whatsoever to carry out any work on the fences.

“At a time when the sale of the site is imminent such actions seem spiteful to say the least, particularly when shoppers regularly use the car park to gain access to the shops, without permission.

“It just seems to go against the grain when they say how they are trying to work with the local community.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary declined to comment on the issue when the Times asked for a response.

The police station went on sale last year with a price tag of £1.25million.

Developer McCarthy and Stone wants to turn the site, in Stock Way South, into a retirement home with 40 flats and associated parking.

The firm will be showcasing its plans at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre tomorrow (Thursday) from 3-7pm.

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