Station closure is shortsighted
IT IS an insult to the residents of Hillingdon that the decision about the borough’s policing is made solely on the basis of the development value of each site.
This is a short-term decision and the ongoing costs will be increased because of the unsuitability of the Hayes End station, especially because it has no custody suite, and its inaccessibility from the rest of the borough.
Uxbridge is the main shopping centre and entertainment centre of the borough. It is also where the court sits. A nearby police station is required.
The assertion that Hayes End is in the centre of the borough and easy to reach is laughable. Uxbridge has London Underground and numerous bus services: I have counted eleven which I use. Hayes End has just two buses, one of which is an express bus which has a reduced number of stops. These two buses run east-west along the Uxbridge Road only: they have no connections to north or south. In fact anyone needing to get to Hayes End would probably have to go into Uxbridge first.
This decision will almost certainly mean the demise of Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch, which has a very good record.
In cramming all the departments from the other stations into the much smaller Hayes End Station there will be no room for a Neighbourhood Watch cupboard, let alone a support office.
Nick Hurd MP is the Police Minister at the Home Office. He has always made much of ‘working behind the scenes to make improvements’.
This is his chance to make a difference for his constituents.
He knows the local circumstances and the amount of local feeling. Is he listening? Joan Waters (Mrs) Ickenham resident