Plans have been unveiled to close and relocate the front counter at Paddington Green Police Station.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council to situate the new front counter at nearby Church Street - a five minute walk from its current Harrow Road site.
The MPS say the station, which for over the years has been the site where many terror suspects are brought to , is in great need of redevelopment and after 45 years of service is outdated, inefficient and not economic to repair and maintain.
The proposed new front counter will retain the current Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday Midday to 5pm opening hours, while the building will also be the base for neighbourhood policing teams for the North and Central wards of the borough, including Dedicated Ward Officers.
Emergency response teams that cover the north of Westminster will continue to be based out of Kilburn , where it has been for the past six months.
The move follows a decision made in March 2016 by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) to redevelop the site but to maintain a policing presence and public access in the locality.
The original decision was for a temporary front counter before returning to the site. However since that decision, a permanent location has been found that is very close to the current facility.
As a result the MPS began scaling down its operations from the station.
This included closing the specialist custody cells from late 2016 to alternative facilities in London and moving the emergency response base to Kilburn Police Station as of February 2017.
If granted planning permission, police hope to make the move to 88 Church Street by the end of this year.
Until then, the front counter at Paddington Green Police Station will remain in operation until the new modern front counter is open.
The MPS says it is committed to having locally-based resources, visible and accessible to those that live and work in the area.
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