Sta­tion clo­sure is short­sighted

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

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

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