We need police point in Cheltenham when police station moves
A POLICE point should be set up in Cheltenham if officers move their headquarters out to Bishop's Cleeve, according to a councillor.
Police and crime commissioner Martin Surl confirmed the police station would move to the edge of Bishop's Cleeve within three years.
It will be built on the land next to GE Aviation, off the A435, and will replace the current building in Lansdown Road, which Mr Surl said was outdated and needed to be replaced,
Ambitious plans in 2004 were made for a £20 million headquarters, although the new administration centre will cost only between £2 million and £3 million.
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Councillor Barbara Driver (C, Lansdown) said the move needed to be mitigated by putting in a police point in the centre of town.
She said: "We definitely need a police point in Cheltenham or the town centre if it is going to move to Bishop's Cleeve.
"I have no problems with it moving, because the old building has become old and outdated.
"But there needs to be a police presence in the town, especially for one our size.
"For the residents, having a police station will reassure them and it helps prevent crime. I know quite a few police stations have closed, but we need one here."
Peter Lightfoot, chairman of Bishop's Cleeve Parish Council, said he hoped police officers and PCSOs serving in Bishop's Cleeve area, including Winchcombe, will be able to report to the new station rather than travel to Tewkesbury.
Bishop's Cleeve is in the Tewkesbury policing area, and currently any officers or PCSOs have to go back to Tewkesbury Borough Council's office, where the police is based, to report back on their patrols.
The journey takes about 20 minutes each time, and Mr Lightfoot said he hoped the new police station would be their base instead.
He said: "We are really pleased he came to speak to us to let us know about the plans.
"My personal view is that the residents of Bishop's Cleeve will welcome a new police station in the village."
Mr Surl said he will work with chief constable Suzette Davenport on the new proposals, adding that he would try to ensure police officers serving Bishop's Cleeve would report to the new police station instead.
He will start plans for the move, after plans for a new £12.4 million custody suite in Waterwells, Gloucester, was given the go ahead in June.