Bridgnorth’s MP Philip Dunne says plans by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to co-locate police and fire services in the town are the right move for the town.
Bridgnorth Police Station will co-locate with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service at Bridgnorth Fire Station on Innage Lane. This relocation is taking place following a review of the police estate in Shropshire, which found the existing building is not fit for purpose and is too large for current need.
Mr Dunne said: “Bridgnorth Police Station has been under occupied for years, so it makes sense to co-locate the police Safer Neighbourhood Team with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service at the fire station at Innage Lane, which will be expanded to provide appropriate modern space for both emergency services in the centre of town. This move will make it easier for the public to access the local neighbourhood team, and allow for the redevelopment of the site alongside Shropshire Council’s plans for the old Council building.
I met PCC John Campion recently, and was reassured by his commitment to protecting police numbers across West Mercia. The effective use of resources will play a key role in ensuring more money is left for frontline policing, without the need to resort to excessive hikes in the police element of the Council Tax precept, at a time when household budgets are tight.”