Police happy with new station
IT may have been controversial at the time, but moving Tewkesbury's police station has been a big hit with those that operate from it.
Six months on from leaving their home in Barton Street to move into part of the borough council offices in Gloucester Road, officers say the switch has been a big success.
They are finding it better because it provides more room for officers and their cars and because they can work closely with the borough and county councils, within the same building.
Visits from the public are said to be at the same level, despite fears that the new location on the edge of town would put people off going there.
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Sergeant Alec Linton worked in Barton Street before the transfer and is in no doubt about the benefits that have arisen.
He said: "The other place was never really built as a police station. The shape and position of the rooms didn't really suit.
"The biggest meeting room before was like the size of the kitchen here so it is physically better."
Similarly, Sergeant Simon Goodenough said: "It's far more productive from a multi-agency point of view."
The third dedicated community sergeant at the station, Claire Morgan, revealed that the police were careful not to cause any noise nuisance to their landlord.
"We keep the sirens on the police cars off until we're off the site," she said.
The trio are part of a team of 64 officers based at Tewkesbury, covering the borough. They are joined there by 16 police community support officers, 15 special constables and three support staff.
The main area is open plan and on the ground floor of the building.
Receptionist Sharron Wilson said the number of complaints about the change of venue had reduced since the summer.
"They were mostly from older people concerned about the location, but we rarely get that now," she said.