Avon and Somerset Police (ASP), are delighted to be moving forward with plans for the refurbishment of the Information and Advice service at Lewis House, Bath.
A lease agreement has now been agreed between Avon and Somerset Police and B&NES Council. The next steps will be to submit a planning application for the work to alter the building to meet the needs of the police and council employees, as well as improving the visibility of the services for the community.
Subject to the approval of the planning applications, it is hoped that work will begin in Autumn/Winter 2021.
Councillor Dine Romero, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council said: “I am delighted that the prospect of a police station returning to the heart of the city has taken this important step forward and am looking forward to welcoming neighbourhood police officers to their new station later this year.”
City centre Councillor Sue Craig commented: "Lib Dem Councillors and Bath residents have been calling for the return of our police station for over five years, so this is very welcome news. I know the administration has been working hard to reach this agreement with Avon and Somerset Police.
"A police station is an important facility for a busy city with many visitors. We need that prominent presence, so people know where to go for help.
"Lib Dems have argued that a 'proper' police station needs to be visible, central and accessible to residents. This new facility fits the bill and we look forward to learning more details about opening hours and services in due course."
Heather Shearer, Lib Dem candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) added:
“The Lib Dems know the value of having a visible, grounded police presence in helping to make residents feel safer. Bath MP Wera Hobhouse and Lib Dem Council Group Leader Dine Romero have campaigned to bring a police station back to Bath for several years. I'm pleased they have achieved this great outcome which will mean residents having the security of knowing that the police is well and truly rooted in the city.
“If elected as your next PCC at the election on 6th May, I would work with the MP and Council to develop the relationship between police and residents in Bath even further.”