A new state of the art Police station could be on its way for the residents of Exmouth. The new station would reintroduce a Police Enquiry Office to the resort as part of the Commissioner’s commitment to reopen those closed to the public a decade ago.
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez's team submitted an application for planning permission for this £5m project recently, and it is really exciting to finally make progress on a rebuild that Exmouth residents, police officers, staff and volunteers all thoroughly deserve.
Exmouth, is really in need of a new station though. The new build will be rebuilt to ‘excellent’ environmental standards, meaning it would be among the top 10% of buildings for efficient use of energy.
Designs put forward to planners improve public access, the welfare provisions for officers and enhances the natural environment immediately around the new building. It will be more in keeping with the current conservation area’s requirements and will be on smaller footprint than the current police station, with the remainder of the site available for redevelopment.
Alison Hernadez said "Exmouth is a busy and bustling resort town which has a large resident population and a considerable increase in its population in the summer months.
The policing team in East Devon do an incredible job while facing considerable challenges. They are working from buildings which have served their purpose but which are nearing the end of their useful life and are not (in my opinion) attractive.
I am delighted to be able to bring forward this proposal to give the town a policing facility that is fit for the 21st Century and which police officers, staff, volunteers and residents of the town deserve and have worked alongside local councillors and East Devon’s MP, Simon Jupp, to develop the plans.
It is vital to me that Exmouth residents and visitors have a chance to interact with police, and get advice from officers and staff, at a publicly accessible police enquiry desk. Such contact improves public confidence in policing and helps police gain vital information from the community which keeps us all safe".
There is still time to have your say on whether you support the reopening of police station front desks, and many other issues, by completing the Your Safety, Your Say survey at dcpcc.commonplace.is or by calling my office on 01392 225555.