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Police stations in Barnet could close under London Mayor Boris Johnson's latest plans for Metropolitan Police
Barnet could be left with just one full-time police station under “outrageous” new proposals from the Mayor of London.
Whetstone and Golders Green will be shut down and Barnet Police Station will be downsized if Boris Johnson’s cost-cutting measures are approved by stakeholders in the coming days.
The Metropolitan Police, overseen by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), is looking to close stations across the capital in a bid to save £500million by 2015.
Labour assembly member for Barnet, Andrew Dismore, labelled the proposals “unacceptable” and accused the London mayor of abandoning his duty to protect the public.
Under the plans, Whetstone and Golders Green stations would be closed completely, while Barnet’s opening hours would be reduced to eight hours-a-day, five days-a-week.
The move would leave Colindale as Barnet’s only full-time police station.
Community police ‘contact points’ would be set up in Whetstone and Golders Green, in local supermarkets or other public places.
Councils, MPs and assembly members have been sent copies of a consultation into the plans, which is due to end on Thursday.
The proposals come just weeks after the mayor announced the closure of 17 fire stations across the capital.
GLA member Mr Dismore said: “This is the product of the outrageous cuts on the Met being imposed by the coalition government and Mayor Boris Johnson – it is wholly unacceptable.
“I think people should be very worried about the extent of the attack on the emergency services from the coalition government. Their first duty is to protect the public and they seem to be forgetting that.”
The Met has also proposed to open a counter at Golders Green’s safer neighbourhood team base to deal with specific problems within the Jewish community.
But the consultation states the counter would only be open on Fridays and Saturdays– the holy days of the Sabbath – a move Mr Dismore labelled as “insulting” to the Jewish community.
The Labour politician also criticised the way the ten-day consulation has been managed and claims he was only sent a copy of the plans for Barnet today – two days before the consultation closes.
A City Hall spokeswoman said plans for the 32 London Boroughs would be finalised by January, taking the results of the consultations into consideration.
MOPAC will then need to sign off the plans before any closures take place.
Mr Dismore said he would be tabling a question on the matter to Boris Johnson during Mayor’s Questions at City Hall tomorrow.
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