28th Oct, 2016

Police move into library as station withdrawn

Evesham Editorial 8th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

BROADWAY’S Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) has relocated its village base in a bid to be more visible in the community.

The team will now use Broadway Library, on Leamington Road, as a Community Policing Post (CPP) as it hopes to strengthen the link with people within the area.

Although not accessible to the public, the CPP will allow officers to use the site and maintain their presence in the village.

Janet Heritage, safer neighbourhood inspector, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to make use of the facilities at the library.

“This will ensure we remain visible and accessible to people in Broadway and the library is an ideal location to help us strengthen our links with the people of Broadway.”

Bill Longmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, added: “It is clear that some of our older, traditional police stations just aren’t cost effective any longer for a variety of reasons.

“However, I strongly believe in maintaining as much contact as possible between the police and the residents they serve.

“It is important that our Safer Neighbourhood Teams are visible and accessible to the public, so I am very pleased that they will continue to have a permanent base in the local area.”

Broadway Police Station, where the SNT was previously based, will now be officially withdrawn from use as a police station.

Stephen Williams, chair of Broadway community library limited, said: “The Save Broadway Community Library team is delighted to welcome the police into the library.

“The collaboration strengthens ties with Broadway in helping the facility survive as well as improving security for all, with the recent fire at the premises and elsewhere in Broadway proof of the need for a police presence.

“We hope to work well together.”