Town police team on the move?

CLEVEDON Police Station could soon close with plans to move officers to a council building in the town.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has revealed it is working with North Somerset Council to provide a new policing base and enquiry service at its Castlewood offices.

If the plans can be finalised, this would mean the existing station in Queens Road would be sold off.

Over the past two weeks, police staff in Clevedon have been briefed on the plans, which senior officers hope will see them placed in a more accessible location.

Chief superintendent Julian Moss said: “This move will be an excellent opportunity for us to work closely with North Somerset Council and other partner agencies situated within Castlewood.

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“It takes us to a more accessible location, in a modern environment where the neighbourhood policing team can provide a continued and improved service to the local community.”

North Somerset Council announced in 2009 its plans to buy the Tickenham Road Castlewood complex, in a deal worth a whopping �16million. At the time, plans to lease some space to the police were mooted by the authority but were always denied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

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Currently, discussions between the council and the police are still ongoing so it is not yet known when the move could happen.

This is the second big announcement the force has made regarding its buildings in North Somerset as part of cost-cutting measures.

In May, it was revealed Portishead’s central police station would also be sold off with plans to move the town’s policing team to the force’s headquarters in Valley Road. This followed a move last summer which saw its enquiry office closed, preventing people from simply walking into the South Avenue station. The public now need to make an appointment to speak to an officer or need to attend the mobile police station which is set up in Portishead every fortnight.

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