THE FAMOUS blue lamp will be snuffed out as Brentford police station closes for good this Sunday (September 1).
The station is closing as part of a major property sell-off by the Metropolitan Police, which is trying to save £500 million by 2015.
Feltham police station's front desk is also closing and opening hours are being reduced at Chiswick police station from Monday, leaving Hounslow police station as the borough's only 24-hour front counter.
Members of the public will be able to speak to police and report crimes at three new 'public access points' in Brentford, Feltham and Heston, but they will each be staffed for just six hours a week.
Chief Superintendent Carl Bussey, Hounslow's borough commander, said: "My officers are committed to being accessible to local people. Accessibility isn't about being stuck behind a desk - it is about being on patrol in the local community, speaking to people in the street."
Brentford police station, which police chiefs said was used too little to justify its remaining open, will now be sold.
Feltham and Chiswick police stations will remain as patrol bases for officers responding to calls.
Police chiefs insist the changes will free up more officers to patrol the street, but critics have argued people may feel less confident reporting crime away from a police station.
From Monday (September 2), Chiswick police station's front counter will be open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
The new public access points, open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6-8pm, and on Saturdays, from 2-4pm, will be:
* Cornish House, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford
* Feltham police station, Hanworth Road, Feltham
* Heston Library, New Heston Road. Heston
Labour councillors Ruth Cadbury and Mel Collins have criticised the decision to base one of the new access points at Cornish House, over a mile away from the heart of Brentford town centre. They claim a high street base, like the Docking Station, would be more appropriate.
The number of police officers in Hounslow is set to increase to 546 by 2015, under the Mayor of London's Police and Crime Plan, from 472 in 2011, the last date for which figures are available. There were 530 officers in the borough in May 2010.