CON­SUL­TA­TION OVER PO­LICE STA­TION CLO­SURES

STA­TIONS ACROSS BOR­OUGH HAVE BEEN PUT UN­DER THREAT

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The strat­egy will see the num­ber of front desks lim­ited to one sta­tion in ev­ery bor­ough in Lon­don

THE fate of po­lice sta­tions in Hilling­don will be sub­ject to a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

The Mayor’s Of­fice for Po­lice and Crime (MOPAC) will hold a ses­sion to dis­cuss the fu­ture po­lice sta­tions in Hilling­don tonight (Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 13.

The meet­ing will high­light the Mayor’s plans to close Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion, mov­ing the only front desk to Hayes.

In ad­di­tion, MOPAC plans to close sta­tions in North­wood and Ruis­lip as well as clos­ing the Heathrow Car Pound sta­tion, as well as the Safer Neigh­bour­hoods bases in Hayes and West Dray­ton and the part­ner­ship of­fice at Botwell Leisure Cen­tre.

The plans are de­tailed in MOPAC’s Draft Pub­lic Ac­cess Strat­egy re­leased in July and are an ef­fort to save an ad­di­tional £400mil­lion by 2021.

The strat­egy will see the num­ber of front desks where the pub­lic can re­port crime lim­ited to just one sta­tion in ev­ery Lon­don bor­ough.

In May 2017, an av­er­age of just 1.3 crimes were re­ported to the front desk at Hayes each day, while 2.9 were re­ported to staff at Uxbridge, ac­cord­ing to the Met.

The Met has launched an on­line tool to re­port crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour on­line, while around 70% of crimes are re­ported by phone through 101 and 999.

The re­main­ing po­lice sta­tions ear­marked for clo­sure had no pub­lic ac­cess and formed part of Met Po­lice’s “back of­fice” in the bor­ough ac­cord­ing to the draft strat­egy.

The ad­di­tional po­lice sta­tion clo­sures are part of an ef­fort to make the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice es­tate smaller, with sav­ings across Lon­don es­ti­mated at around £50mil­lion a year.

The cap­i­tal sav­ings, which could pay for more than 800 of­fi­cers, will then be re-in­vested into front line polic­ing ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

The draft strat­egy also de­tails plans to fol­low through on Sadiq Khan’s elec­tion com­mit­ment to have at least two PCs and one PCSO in each of Lon­don’s 629 po­lice wards.

The mayor also in­tends to im­ple­ment a ring-fence on their ac­tiv­ity, lim­it­ing the num­ber of times they can be ab­stracted from their ward to just two spe­cial events a year, the Notting Hill Car­ni­val and New Year’s Eve. The pub­lic in­for­ma­tion event on the fu­ture of Hilling­don’s po­lice sta­tions will be held at the Hilling­don Civic Cen­tre from 6.30pm on Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 13).

If you want to reg­is­ter your views on the plans, the pub­lic con­sulta- tion is run­ning un­til Oc­to­ber 6, send an email to con­sul­ta­tion@mopac.lon­don.gov.uk. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the con­sul­ta­tion web­site.

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