Newly-renovated police station welcomed on Manvers Street in Bath

A new police station has opened in Lewis House on Manvers Street in the center of Bath, more than six years after the former station opposite was closed.

PCC Mark Shelford, Chief Constable Sarah Crew, Ruth Gawler, Cllr Richard Samuel, MP Wera Hobhouse, Cllr Dine Romero and Cllr Kevin Guy | Photo © B&NES Council

Bath’s Neighborhood Policing team have moved into the newly-renovated station, alongside the existing Police Inquiry Office, creating a combined Police Station and Information & Advice Centre.

Work has been carried out to the building over the past 6 months to improve the prominence of the Police Inquiry Office, Local Neighborhood Policing Team, and the Foreign National Registration Service within the city centre.

The newly refurbished Police Inquiry Office at Lewis House will now feature a traditional blue lantern on the front of the building to increased visibility and will be open to the public Monday – Thursday, 9.30am – 5pm, and Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Neighborhood Policing team Acting Chief Inspector Ruth Gawler, Avon and Somerset Police, commented: “The recently completed renovations at Lewis House provide our teams with a central base and an inquiry office which is at the heart of the local community.

“It is great news for local residents that the Neighborhood Policing team are now based at Lewis house alongside our Inquiry Office as this will further improve accessibility and visibility for the residents of Bath, the surrounding communities and those visiting the area.”

Chief Constable Sarah Crew, Avon and Somerset Police, said: “I know how important it is for our residents to have a visible policing presence in the heart of their communities.

“Providing our Neighborhood Police team greater visibility in Bath city center is something we have been working towards for some time now and I am pleased that the Neighborhood Policing team have this week joined their colleagues in the newly renovated facilities.

“Being located at Lewis House will not only allow the Neighborhood Policing team to better engage with our communities but will also provide huge benefits in terms of enhancing partnership working and collaboration.”

Mark Shelford, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, added: “I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to re-establish a neighborhood policing presence and inquiry office in the heart of Bath, right opposite the site of the old police station.

“It’s even better that the local neighborhood police officers will be under one roof in a shared building with Bath and North East Somerset Council, making for more efficient and effective partnership working.

“While policing resources for Bath have not changed, I hope that a more visible local policing presence will reassure local people of our commitment to ensuring Bath continues to be a safe place for residents and businesses.”

Councilor Kevin Guy, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “The council has been working with our police colleagues for some time to bring a station back to Bath City Centre.

“Following the lease agreement last year a great deal of hard work has been done to ensure the successful co-location of the extended police inquiry service and the council’s housing, welfare, information and advice services at Lewis House.

“Having a base for the Neighborhood Police teams in Bath City Center has long been called for and I am pleased that now working with the police we have together delivered a fully operational police station for residents.”

MP for Bath Wera Hobhouse said: “I’m delighted that the residents of Bath have been listened to and that we finally have our new Police Station open and ready to assist the public.

“Hats off to my colleagues from the Council who have worked hard with Avon & Somerset Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner to make this happen.

“Our campaign to bring back a city center Police Station attracted support from thousands of local residents.”

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