Bath’s new Police Station is a step closer to opening, after Avon & Somerset Constabulary received planning permission to refurbish Bath One Stop Shop on Manvers Street.
Bringing a central police station back to the city has been a high priority for the Lib Dem run Council. The administration worked hard to reach a lease agreement with the Police earlier this year.
The new facility will create a combined Police Station and Information & Advice Centre – enhancing partnership working and giving the Neighbourhood Police team greater visibility in the city. This will better meet the needs of the community, providing public access to a prominent Police Enquiry Office in the city centre.
Avon & Somerset Police have said that all current services will be maintained during the works and that, following the completion of works, the local Neighbourhood Policing team will be permanently stationed at the new facility.
The first phase of works is expected to start on 4 October 2021 with the second phase expected to finish in Spring 2022.
Councillor Richard Samuel, Cabinet member responsible for the Council’s property portfolio, commented:
“The Lib Dems have been working towards the return of Bath’s Police Station for over five years. This is another welcome step towards achieving that goal and re-establishing a city centre Police presence – so essential for a busy city with many visitors.”
City Centre Councillor, Andrew Furse, said:
“We’ve argued that a ‘proper’ police station needs to be visible, central and accessible to residents. This new facility fits the bill and it’s testament to the hard work of the Lib Dem administration, who listened to the public and delivered the agreement with Avon and Somerset Police.”
Bath MP Wera Hobhouse commented,
“I am very pleased to see plans for the Police Station move forward. Me and my local Lib Dem colleagues have been calling for a proper police station in Bath since 2018, garnering thousands of signatures on our petition.
“I’m delighted that the residents of Bath have been listened to and that we are one step closer to a police station that is accessible and central to keep local residents safe. I commend my colleagues in the Lib Dem administration in Bath who are improving the lives of residents in Bath.”
Works are expected to be complete in the Spring