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Council backs community effort to keep threatened Notting Hill police station open

The closure is being considered by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, but prominent members of Kensington and Chelsea Council are joining the fight to retain it

Kensington and Chelsea Council is backing a community driven campaign to stop the closure of Notting Hill Police Station.

It is one of a number of stations across the capital, and west London, facing the axe under a review launched by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

A petition launched to save the police station, based in Ladbroke Grove , has attracted more than 1,500 names.

The intervention from Kensington and Chelsea Council comes ahead of a community meeting taking place at St John’s Church in Landsdowne Crescent, Notting Hill on Wednesday (September 6) from around 6.45pm.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick(Image: PA)

The review of frontline services has seen stations in Notting Hill, Ealing , Southall, Uxbridge and Chiswick all threatened.

Mr Khan says he has no choice but to take drastic action in a bid to protect frontline policing, blaming the government’s failure to properly fund London’s police service.

Now, senior members of the Royal borough are backing the community’s call to save Notting Hill station.

Leader Elizabeth Campbell said: “We appreciate the support from the Met Police for major events like the Notting Hill Carnival , but they have to understand that this community needs support all year round, and now more than ever.

“We already pay out £1.4m for extra policing in the borough, which is more than many other boroughs in London, so we think we are playing our part.”

Cllr Mary Weale, council member for communities, will lead the council’s support for the campaign and has instructed the administration’s legal team to look into how well the police consultation, which runs until October 6, has been run.

Notting hill police station(Image: Daily Mirror)

She said: “There is a community meeting on Wednesday night, and yet I found it difficult to find any information on it – either online or in the local community. Families, businesses and resident groups have every reason to be concerned.

“We also believe that crimes against people, such as domestic, sexual or hate crimes, are under-reported. For victims to talk about these crimes they need to feel safe and supported.

“Reducing the opportunities for these conversations to take place in a secure and private setting can only make it harder for victims to come forward.

“Crime could get worse if the police presence in the area is lost, and the Met will be at risk of severing ties with a community that needs support and reassurance more than ever following the Grenfell Tower fire .”

Figures from the council show that some of the most recent crime statistics show that in W11 alone:

  • Two violent crimes happen every day
  • Four burglaries take place every week
  • Almost 20 acts of serious antisocial behaviour happen every week
  • Eight vehicle crimes occur per week
  • Eight people are robbed each week, more than one a day
  • A weapon is found on average almost once a week

Click here to see the public consultation and click here to see the Notting Hill police station petition.

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