Closure of Hampstead Police Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2303
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A constituent has raised with me that the Metropolitan Police did not inform anyone locally about the closure of Hampstead Police Station on 24 June. The first locals knew was seeing an advert for its sale in the local paper. Do you believe that this is the right way to go about community engagement? What alternative police public access provision will you provide in Hampstead? Has any progress been made on opening a contact point at the Royal Free Hospital?

Answer

Answer for Closure of Hampstead Police Station

Answer for Closure of Hampstead Police Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Closure of Hampstead was part of the original consultation by MOPAC within the Police and Crime Plan and the pan London public access strategy. This included a public meeting in Camden on 22 January 2013.

On 11 June the Camden Borough Commander briefed Councillors and the Assembly Member for Camden & Barnet, as well as local newspapers. The borough plans detailed all decisions around front counter closures when they were published alongside the final Police and Crime Plan on 25 March. On 3 June 2013 Chief Inspector Wright briefed the local ward panel chair.

The public access plans for Camden published in March identified a potential Contact Point at The Royal Free Hospital. Discussions about this are on-going and a final decision has yet to be made.