Metropolitan Police Budget (Supplementary) [6]

Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Could I put to you, Mayor, an email I had from William Wellbank, who is the Chair of the Hampstead Safer Neighbourhood Panel, only this morning? He is obviously concerned about your plan to close Hampstead Police Station and replace it with a stall and cups of coffee. What he said is this:

'One hour on the evening of 22 January to do the whole Borough of Camden is outrageous and can hardly be called a consultation. Clearly it would be hard to get Hampstead's voice heard amongst the many. Surely the wards and their Safer Neighbourhood Panels with targeted police stations should have their own consultation with options to consider and a timescale for making submissions.'

Now, I hope you will see that not as a politically motivated brickbat, as you called it earlier on, but genuine community concern. Do you agree with Mr Wellbank that an hour is insufficient and that there should be consultation with Safer Neighbourhood Panels locally?

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Answer for Metropolitan Police Budget (Supplementary) [6]

Answer for Metropolitan Police Budget (Supplementary) [6]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): What I can certainly say, Andrew, is I have no doubt at all that the issue of the closure or non-closure of Hampstead Police Station will be one that will be well ventilated, not least by your good self, in the course of quite a long time to come. There is as yet no such plan, formally speaking.

Andrew Dismore (AM): Formally speaking?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Formally speaking. If and when there is such a plan, obviously, it will be properly consulted upon. Let me remind you of the intention. The intention is to make sense of the very considerable police estate in London and to get the police out where the public can interact with them.