Sunday, September 10, 2017

Barkingside Police Station to Close

We have confirmation that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will be closing Barkingside Police Station and the Safer Neighbourhood base in Fencepiece Road. So, what do you reckon? A new prestige retail outlet on the High Street, or another block of Athwal Towers flats? And what does this mean for the future of the Magistrates Courts opposite?


There is a “public consultation” meeting on Tuesday at the Salvation Army HQ in Ilford (not *in* Barkingside) but it’s a done deal. Since 2010 the MPS has made £600million of “savings” [cuts] and is now required to make another £400million. That’s £1billion in total. They are not changing their mind.

It’s all part of the drive to bring public services into the 21st century and embrace digital technology. Villains will be arrested by email (which means no need for a spit hood) and penalties will include virtual internment by having their Facebook and Twitter accounts frozen and their Candy Crush score reset to zero.

The sales pitch PR powerpoint presentation does though point to the need for Four new DWO (Dedicated Ward Officer) hubs. We don’t know exactly what these are but we are pretty sure they are not “Police Boxes” like in Dock Green or Doctor Who. We suspect they will be Wi-fi hot spots in supermarket car parks under a plastic cover, like those where the trolleys are stored, and will also be used for virtual Ward Panel meetings.

Extracts from the words:
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has identified Barkingside Police Station to be surplus to operational requirements resulting in a revenue saving of £327k pa (equivalent to 5.9 police officers) and generating a potential capital receipt of £3.750m.
The Safer Neighbourhood base in Fencepiece Road is also closing saving £37k pa (equivalent to 0.7 police officers).
We want to ensure that the front line is protected as much as possible, which means diverting resources from underused services and investing in police officers.
While change is taking place to improve the public’s ability to access policing online, local policing, rooted in London’s communities, remains at the heart of our offer [sic!] to the public. The number of dedicated ward officers is being increased, and new technology will make them more efficient and effective as well as, crucially, more accessible.
[Editor] Like removing the SNT email address, landline and mobile telephone numbers from the ward page on the Met Police website.
It is because we know that Londoners value and prioritise local neighbourhood policing that we are diverting resources from poorly used facilities to support the front line. In the context of significantly reducing budgets choices like these are inevitable, but we are committed to maintaining a universal service for Londoners.
No change is entirely easy, or universally popular, but the totally of the offer to the public in this document represents a positive change for London. We are collectively committed to delivering policing where and when Londoners need it, engaging with Londoners in effective and convenient ways and giving people the opportunity to access policing services in the widest range of methods.
This means that we are transforming the online offer to enable Londoners to report crimes online, and we have already seen a shift in the number of people doing this.
You might want to join Neighbourhood Watch and take advantage of all the latest 21st century gizmos they have on offer …

Or you might wish to make representations via your London Assembly Member, Keith Prince.

21 comments:

  1. I think it's stupid to get rid of the police stations as think nearest one will be Ilford and take longer to get to scenes etc

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    1. Contrary to popular belief police officers don't sit in the police station waiting to be called out. They are constantly patrolling the streets and are assigned calls continuously. I do not agree with this station closing but it won't make a difference to the time it takes for officers to attend calls

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    2. What a childish and ill-informed 'article'. You appear to point the finger of blame at the Metropilitan Police; you should be aiming your frustrations and dissatisfaction at the Tories, Theresa May in particular, who have systematically destroyed the Police in the UK over the last seven years.

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    3. I rather assumed readers would be mature enough to work that out for themselves.

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    4. They could cut the numbers but use it as a call point for officers and vehicle's. A despatch point. Stupid idea as usual by this government. All the local criminalstore must be jumping fir joy. Not more overpriced housing please.

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    5. Unbelievable - what are we coming to, several years ago I found a wallet - so where did I go? to Barkingside Police station the obvious place.

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    6. Similarly, I found a bunch of keys - including what were obviously house keys - in Barkingside and took them to Barkingside Police Station. I also put a prominent sign on a street cabinet near where I found them telling the owner what I'd done.

      My work for the rest of the day didn't take me anywhere near Ilford so what would you do in the circumstances?

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  2. Disgusting. After all these years. Cutbacks again. There is more crime in the area than ever. Don't make sense.

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  3. Disgusting. After all these years. There's more crime in the area than ever. Cutbacks.

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  4. It is not the MPS wanting to close these buildings but the lack of funds and support by the government and in such being forced to.

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  5. What's coming in place and the station

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  6. Julie Kendrick - don't kid yourself, officers will be pulled away from quieter areas to go to busier areas. It is fortunate now that Loughton and Waltham Abbey were taken over by Essex some years back.

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  7. So we are all willing to go to Ilford and make a statement or if you need advice.. To be on hold on the telephone for 30 minutes. They do constantly patrol the streets its true, but then they still have to return to the office at some point I understand thay get the bus now.

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  8. I have heard that their will be a new large Mosque in Barkingside it could be the police station or Barkingside swimming baths. Can anyone confirm the rumours? as quite a few people are talking about it.

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    1. If it's Friday Prayers you're after, these take place in the hut next to the Car Park in Craven Gardens.

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  9. I doubt whether it will make much difference to the Magistrates' and Youth courts in Barkingside. The court has its own cells and if anyone does need to be brought from Barkingside Police station they have to go by car anyway. However the courts service is trying to save money as well by closing more courts, so the continued existence of a court at Barkingside is uncertain. Virtual or online court hearings are being talked about.

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  10. Given the truly desperate need for accommodation, I'd welcome seeing flats or houses or bungalows.

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  11. I think we all have to realise that policing has changed and will continue to evolve. The way our police force has to police has changed rapidly in the last 10 years.

    If we could actually see what happens inside of Barlingside police station I feel none of would be surprised they are selling off the station.

    As for more housing, we all agree we are in need for more housing and The Oakfield site has been saved because other sites can be located, this beig one. What needs to happen is for the infrastructure to be in place before the new residents move in.

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  12. As a recently retired magistrate, we were informed that both Barkingside and Romford magistrates courts will be closed by the Ministry of Justice within the next 3-5 years. Cases will go to Stratford/Thames courts and Snaresbrook. This makes a nonsense of "local" justice which is what magistrates are known for.

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  13. It may well be that the Govt want the Met Police to watch their budget; however, just like the NHS, and the CCG's; when was the last time those making the recommendations actually patrolled the street, even in a car? I wonder if people realise that a lot of the 'fast- tracked' officers (Inspectors and the like)are all theory and no-go; some I'm told don't know how to complete a witness statement/ complete a charge sheet- and how about the number of 'courses' or death by powerpoint our officers have to attend? The silly people recommending closures of stations should realise that policing, like hospital care is 24/7, provide a decent building, with parking (as these heroes work shifts) and reduce the darn paperwork. Until a Sec of State of Justice and/or Health questions what's put in front of them, nothing will change, although if any Sec of State disputed a recommendation, I presume the cry would be that the Sec of State wasn't listening to the so called professionals!

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