Consultation over Mayor of London's Police and Crime Plan labelled 'a farce' by Barnet GLA member Andrew Dismore

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh is holding public meetings in every London borough

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh is holding public meetings in every London borough

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Senior police figures will face questions over the possible closure of two Barnet police stations at a public consultation next week.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh and Assistant Police Commissioner Simon Byrne will discuss the Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Plan.

The papers set out the policing strategy in the capital over the next four years, with the Metropolitan Police looking to save £500million by 2015.

The document includes plans to close Golders Green and Whetstone police stations, as well as reduce the opening hours at Barnet.

Drop-in meeting points at community centres and coffee shops would replace the closed stations, leaving Colindale as the borough’s only full-time station.

The deputy mayor is holding public meetings in every London borough to talk people through the plans and hear their views.

The mayor’s office says these will help shape the final draft but opponents say the consultation is just a “tick-box exercise”.

Barnet GLA member Andrew Dismore labelled the length of next Monday’s one-hour session at Hendon Town Hall “insulting”.

He said: “It is a ludicrous farce. How on earth can the whole of Barnet have their say on the closure of two stations, the introduction of coffee shop stall alternatives, the organisation of safer neighbourhood teams and cuts in officer numbers in just one hour?

“I would be surprised if more than half a dozen people get a chance to have their say – the whole thing is pure window dressing.”

The meeting will take place at Hendon Town Hall, in The Burroughs, from 6pm and is open to anyone. The final Police and Crime Plan is due to be published in April.

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