Controversial plans to overhaul police stations in Hounslow, Feltham, Brentford and Chiswick have been shelved as the credit crunch hits the Met Police.
Hounslow's top cop David Bilson (pictured) announced at a meeting last night that no buildings would be sold or built as a result of the recent economic downturn.
"The Metropolitan Police Authority did have savings in Iceland and has been affected by the recent economic problems which will mean a squeeze on resources," he said. "Locally this means plans to overhaul our various premises will be put on hold for at least the next three to five years."
Ch Sup Bilson said the planned changes, which were proposed a year ago and included a central custody suite with up to 40 cells, a warehouse-style patrol base and new offices for backroom staff, were not practical in the current climate.
"The plan was to fund new premises and improvements through the sale of some of existing property," he added. "But with the property market crashing this is clearly not the right time to be selling."
Plans to revamp the computer systems at Hounslow's stations will also be put on hold until the economy improves.
But Ch Supt Bilson insisted residents would not notice any decline in frontline services as a result of the recession.
"We have not seen a cut in resources and residents will continue to receive the same level of service," he said. "Some long term schemes have been shelved for the time being but day-to-day policing will continue as normal."