Keep a police station open or face policing ‘black hole’ in west of borough - councillors

10:32 17 January 2013

Woodford police station is under threat

Woodford police station is under threat


The west of Redbridge must retain a police station or face becoming a policing “black hole”, say councillors responding to proposed closures.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) wants to close the front counters at Woodford station in High Road, Woodford Green, and Wanstead station in Spratt Hall Road.

As part of its draft crime plan, which aims to save the Met Police £140million each year in its estate costs by 2015/16, it proposes creating new contact points between safer neighbourhood officers and the public in shops and libraries.

But in a letter to residents, Redbridge Conservative councillors have said: “The combined footfall at Wanstead and Woodford exceeds the viability threshold set by MOPAC.

“Their own figures demand a police presence in the west of our borough.

“The alternative is a policing black hole.”

In selecting 65 front counters to close across the capital, MOPAC set a minimum standard of an average 12 visitors per hour to police stations.

Woodford had 11.4 per hour based on Met Police figures from 2010 and together, the two stations had 18.9.

Cllr Paul Canal, of Bridge ward, said: “There’s a prima facie case for a station in the west.”

None of the stations set to lose their front counters have yet been chosen for closure, but following a consultation process which lasts until March, the Met plans to sell 200 of its “least-used” buildings.

Lori Shearer, co-ordinator of the neighbourhood watch in Monkhams ward, said: “I feel they will sell [Woodford] station because there will be a lot of money for the estate.”

Frank Collins, of Maybank Road, South Woodford, said: “I’m not so averse to getting rid of the station if they come up with something.”

He suggested a permanent police base in a shop front in George Lane, South Woodford.

But he added: “If the community police have got to come from Barkingside, we’re not happy with that.”

The Met’s assistant commissioner Simon Byrne said: “We will be putting more officers into local policing and devoting more to our safer neighbourhoods teams.”

Latest News Stories

Redbridge gave the third most fines out of all local authorities in the country, for parents taking their children out of school during term time in the last academic year. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A teachers’ union representative has told parents to lie when taking their children out of school in term time to avoid fines.

Yesterday, 17:23
Entrance to Cromer Road, Woodford Green. Picture: Google Street View

Police were alerted after a man was found trying to talk to children through a school gate on Monday.

Yesterday, 17:09
Artists from Wanstead have produced a banner to take along to the environmental march in London next week

A group of Wanstead artists have made a banner to encourage people to join them on a climate change march in central London on Sunday.

Yesterday, 16:40
Goodmayes Avenue, Goodmayes, where the taxi driver was found by a member of the public, collapsed near his car. Photo: Google

Redbridge police have appealed for witnesses of a robbery, which left a taxi driver with a fractured skull, in Goodmayes.

Most read news


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder