New joint home for police and fire in Nailsea is 'leading the way'
PUBLISHED: 10:09 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 30 January 2018
The joint base for the police and fire service in Nailsea has been described as 'leading the way' by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
Ms Mountstevens visited Nailsea Fire and Police Station, in Pound Lane, to celebrate the successful relocation of the neighbourhood beat team.
Addressing officers, she said: “Whenever we talk about closing a police station, people become concerned we are leaving and it’s difficult to get the message across that we are not leaving but moving.
“To have moved to somewhere so visually accessible has been a really positive step.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to the fire service and to the police for making this work.”
Avon and Somerset Constabulary announced it was closing Nailsea police station, in Stock Way South, in 2014 due to cost-saving measures.
The constabulary has been closing a number of outdating buildings across the district and moving in with other emergency services.
Ms Mounstevens said: “I think this will happen in more areas because we all have to find savings.
“I’m out at the moment asking local residents for money for the police part of the council tax precept.
“I’ve got to be able to justify why really hard-pressed families should pay more money, so having something like this, where we can join up and be more efficient, enables us to reinvest the money in frontline policing because that’s what people want.
“Moving here is a really practical sign of how we are working together and doing the very best we can with less money for our communities.
“This is the way of the future and what we have achieved here in Nailsea is really leading the way and at the forefront for all organisations working closely together.”
The base in Pound Lane is now home to the neighbourhood beat team and the police enquiries desk as well as the fire service.
Dave Hodges, station manager for the fire service, said: “We’re really pleased with the way the two services worked through the transition to integrate both services here.
“It’s already created some great collaborative opportunities. We will continue to work closely together in the future.”