Closure plans in place for Taunton police station

This is The West Country: The custody suite at Taunton police station will move to Bridgwater, while other services could move to County Hall when the building is sold. The custody suite at Taunton police station will move to Bridgwater, while other services could move to County Hall when the building is sold.

TAUNTON police station could be closed as early as next year, it has emerged.

Avon and Somerset Police is looking at closing the facility along with other “medium-sized” stations as part of cost-cutting measures.

The Shuttern base is earmarked for closure in 2015-16 when custody moves to a new state-of-the-art centre in Bridgwater.

A new enquiries office for the public will then open elsewhere, possibly in a shared facility at County Hall, but talks are at an early stage, the force said today (April 28).

But despite the station's closure, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said saving cash on buildings will allow the force to keep more frontline officers.

She said: “I do not want residents to feel that the police are withdrawing from their area or street. Our plans are about reducing the amount of oversized and under-utilised buildings we own and providing the best possible access for our communities.

“In the traditional sense police stations as you know them now, will change.

“Soon you are much more likely to see your police team located with other 'blue light' services such as fire and ambulance or with the council.

“This means police will be where you need them most, in the heart of your community.”

The force is looking at reducing its portfolio of buildings by more than a third in the next five years.

Where medium-sized police buildings are no longer needed, they will be sold with a view to sharing facilities with other authorities.

The former station in Bridgwater has been earmarked for retirement homes by developer McCarthy & Stone.

Director of finance at Avon and Somerset Police, Julian Kern, said: “The opening of the new police centres has presented us with a valuable opportunity to look at our police estate.

“We have identified where we are and where we should be to best serve our communities and support our operational officers.”

As reported in January, around 130 officers are to be axed as the force looks to save £8million in 2014/15.

The force reiterated it had no immediate plans to close Taunton station as a whole until today's announcement.

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4:36pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

I still don't get it, sure you save on the building costs but surely there is a cost to rent a building/office space in Taunton as well as the transport cost of ferrying people to Bridgewater etc.

It doesn't make any sense just like the Police commissioner roll!

Taunton is the County Town of Somerset is it not, so why won't it have a police station?
I still don't get it, sure you save on the building costs but surely there is a cost to rent a building/office space in Taunton as well as the transport cost of ferrying people to Bridgewater etc. It doesn't make any sense just like the Police commissioner roll! Taunton is the County Town of Somerset is it not, so why won't it have a police station? Slow down!
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5:16pm Mon 28 Apr 14

blackmasquerade says...

I still find it bizarre that they closed Bridgwater Magistrates Court & transferred the hearings to Taunton, only to build the new custody suite there!
I still find it bizarre that they closed Bridgwater Magistrates Court & transferred the hearings to Taunton, only to build the new custody suite there! blackmasquerade
  • Score: 17

11:30am Wed 30 Apr 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

'Don't feel like the police are withdrawing from your area, but we're getting rid of 130 of them and making everything far more complicated for the ones we don't get rid of.'

Oh good.

I wonder if any of these financial savings will show up in the council tax bill...
'Don't feel like the police are withdrawing from your area, but we're getting rid of 130 of them and making everything far more complicated for the ones we don't get rid of.' Oh good. I wonder if any of these financial savings will show up in the council tax bill... GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 11

12:55pm Fri 2 May 14

RosieSparkle says...

Police officers on the street are still there, but spare a thought for the staff members (intelligence etc) who are now being told that they will have to commute to HQ at Portishead every day.
Police officers on the street are still there, but spare a thought for the staff members (intelligence etc) who are now being told that they will have to commute to HQ at Portishead every day. RosieSparkle
  • Score: 5

7:52pm Sat 3 May 14

duckface08 says...

I don't understand why a new police station was built in the first place.I was under the impression that the white elephant at Hankridge otherwise known as Prescott Folly was built to accommodate the emergency services of which the police are one. Surely this building would be adequate with a few modifications. Perhaps I am out of touch with reality expecting common sense to prevail.
I don't understand why a new police station was built in the first place.I was under the impression that the white elephant at Hankridge otherwise known as Prescott Folly was built to accommodate the emergency services of which the police are one. Surely this building would be adequate with a few modifications. Perhaps I am out of touch with reality expecting common sense to prevail. duckface08
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9:33pm Sat 3 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

duckface08 wrote:
I don't understand why a new police station was built in the first place.I was under the impression that the white elephant at Hankridge otherwise known as Prescott Folly was built to accommodate the emergency services of which the police are one. Surely this building would be adequate with a few modifications. Perhaps I am out of touch with reality expecting common sense to prevail.
It's fire service building it was built to be a massive call centre has nowhere for cells and cost a fortune to lease. The treasury currently pay that but if the police took it they would have to pay it and it's not cheap nor would be hacking the building to make it fit for purpose. Remember this is you consider voting labour.

The taunton police station is very old and a new police station is needed however citing in Bridgwater seems mad but there are more criminals there. Feel sorry for well your Taunton people arrested and processed in bw and told to make their own way home.
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why a new police station was built in the first place.I was under the impression that the white elephant at Hankridge otherwise known as Prescott Folly was built to accommodate the emergency services of which the police are one. Surely this building would be adequate with a few modifications. Perhaps I am out of touch with reality expecting common sense to prevail.[/p][/quote]It's fire service building it was built to be a massive call centre has nowhere for cells and cost a fortune to lease. The treasury currently pay that but if the police took it they would have to pay it and it's not cheap nor would be hacking the building to make it fit for purpose. Remember this is you consider voting labour. The taunton police station is very old and a new police station is needed however citing in Bridgwater seems mad but there are more criminals there. Feel sorry for well your Taunton people arrested and processed in bw and told to make their own way home. Mi_Coc
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