Trinity Road Police station, based in St Philips, Bristol, will be put up for sale in 2019 in order to save money. The move is said to significantly reduce Trinity Roads’ yearly running cost of £250,000.
The Avon and Somerset police staff have stated that they need only 10% of the property, and want to sell the rest off to a developer.
Speaking regarding the issue, Superintendent Andy Bennet explained that while they understand the importance of the officers, and the stations location to the community, an alternative option is needed due to cost related issues, hence the plan to sell.
He further stated that while they’re looking to sell, they want any future plan to include a permanent site for the station. The Superintendent also mentioned that public meetings have been held to listen to the views of all members of the community.
While the local policing team will be based at the downsized station, response officers will be relocated to Kenneth Steele House, a facility on Feeder Road.
Highlighting the importance of the station to the surrounding communities, and the need for downsizing the property, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, stated that the selected developer would work with the force to ensure that the community benefits from the project.