Here’s a proposed new frontage for the One Stop Shop in Manvers Street that a lot of people will look forward to seeing.
It comes from a planning application submitted to B&NES to install a new police station on the ground floor of the building. A big improvement on the ‘help counter’ that has been currently offered.
Reading through the documents it seems the station would be used by operational police officers and staff from 7 in the morning to 3am the next day – seven days a week.
Outside of these hours the office would be used by police officers on an ad hoc basis to support the night time economy of the city and surrounding areas.
Room would be made out front for two police cars and – to spotlight the police presence – a new police lantern will be fixed to the external facade.
The application is ‘pending consideration’ but l can’t see it attracting too much in the way of opposition. A bigger and more permanent police presence will be welcomed by many l am sure.
It’s good to know our local councillors keep an eye on my site too.
City centre Councillor Andy Furse tells me:
“Lib Dem Councillors and residents have been calling for 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.
“We’ve argued that a ‘proper’ police station needs to be visible, central and accessible to residents. This new facility fits the bill and this it’s testament to the hard work of the Lib Dem administration, who listened to the public and reached agreement with Avon and Somerset Police.”