Boris Johnson announces Belvedere police station front counter to close
PUBLISHED: 15:01 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:32 26 March 2013
Boris Johnson's plans to axe Belvedere police station's front counter were given the green light today.
In moves to close 63 stations across the capital, Bexleyheath police station will still operate for 24 hours a day and Marlowe House’s front counter in Sidcup will be open during the day time.
This follows a two month public consultation which included meetings in all 32 London boroughs with the Mayor’s Office for Crime and Policing.
Belvedere station, in Nuxley Road, will remain a contact point, and there will be additional points at Safer Neighbourhood Team bases in Pier Road, Erith, and Kale Road, Thamesmead.
These will open from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday afternoons.
Bexley borough commander Supt Peter Ayling said: “We are living in tough economic times and tough decisions have been made. Some buildings that today are not fit for purpose have and will be shut and sold and other buildings used less.
“The Belvedere police station front counter will close but a contact point for the local community will remain.
“With 101, 999, numbers and email for our 21 Safer Neighbourhoods teams, the Bexley police website and through the innovative use of social media and public information points we are expanding ways for the public to contact us, report crime and seek advice.”
What do you think about the plans and how do you think they might affect safety in the borough? Call 0208 477 3858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/mission-priorities/police-and-crime-plan.