A series of pubic consultation meetings on the proposed closures of police stations across the capital and west London are taking place in September and October.
Police stations in Ealing, Kensington and Chelsea, Hillingdon and Hounslow are all threatened under plans put forward by London Mayor Sadiq Khan .
He 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.
Consultation sessions started on Wednesday (September 6) in Kensington and Chelsea, where the police station in Notting Hill is threatened, with the latest confirmed meeting taking place in Croydon on October 4.
Several of the meetings are taking place in areas in west London which are affected by the plans.
Areas and dates of meetings
- Brent: A Safer Neighbourhood board public meeting on September 27 at Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 OFJ. Beginning at 6.30pm.
- Ealing: A public meeting on September 14 at Telfer Room, Ealing Town Hall, Ealing Broadway, W5 2BY. From 7pm to 8pm.
- Hammersmith and Fulham: To be confirmed.
- Harrow: A public meeting on September 26 at Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, HA12XY. From 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
- Hillingdon: A public meeting on September 13 at Uxbridge Civic Centre, 225-226 High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW. From 6.30pm to 8pm.
- Hounslow: Chiswick area forum on September 26 at Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN. Beginning at 7pm.
- Westminster: A public meeting on September 12 at Premier Inn, 82-83 Eccleston Square, SW1V 1PS. Beginning at 6.30pm.
In Kensington and Chelsea, more than 1,500 people have signed a petition calling for Notting Hill Police station, in Ladbroke Grove, to remain open.
It has received support from Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, with leader Elizabeth Campbell calling for it to remain. Head of communities Cllr Mary Weale warned: “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 .”
There had also been fears that Harrow could lose its last remaining police station with the closure of South Harrow, but Mr Khan has pledged to keep it open .
Mr Khan is hoping to save £400 million through the proposals, and said he was left with “no choice but to take drastic action to protect the frontline of policing”.
Keep up to date with the latest news in west London via the free getwestlondon app.
You can even set it to receive push notifications for all the breaking news in your area.