Local Liberal Democrats are celebrating the opening of Bath’s new Police Station in Lewis House on Manvers Street.
Bath has been without a proper city centre Police Station for seven years, after the previous Police and Crime Commissioner sold the original building. Local Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a new Station to be opened.
The new facility will provide co-location of vital frontline services and enhance partnership working, with the Police sharing the building with the Council’s Housing, Welfare and Advice Services. This will be the base of the neighbourhood Police team, enhancing their visibility, and the public will have access to a prominent, central enquiry office.
B&NES Cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture, Councillor Dine Romero, commented:
“It has been a long journey to bring the Police Station back to Bath city centre, but I am delighted that we have been able to work with Avon & Somerset Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner to bring this about. This has been a high priority for our Council administration, and it’s taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes. The new Police Station will better meet the needs of the community.”
City centre Councillor Sue Craig added:
“We’re delighted to welcome the opening of the new, city centre Police Station on Manvers Street. Lib Dem councillors and Bath residents have been calling for the return of this facility for years.
“It’s testament to the hard work of the Lib Dem administration, who listened to the public and delivered on the agreement with Avon and Somerset Police.
“People need to know where they can go for help. Our argument has always been that a ‘proper’ Police Station must be in a central and prominent location, which residents and the city’s many visitors can find and access easily.”
MP for Bath Wera Hobhouse said:
“I’m delighted that the residents of Bath have been listened to and that we finally have our new Police Station open and ready to assist the public. Hats off to my colleagues from the Council who have worked hard with Avon & Somerset Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner to make this happen. Our campaign to bring back a city centre Police Station attracted support from thousands of local residents.”