Police plan to close Wanstead and Woodford front counters

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THE Met is planning to close the front counters at both Wanstead and Woodford Police Stations by April 2013.

The news was revealed by the deputy leader of Redbridge Council, Ian Bond, who says the police are in a process of formal consultation with the council over the closure of both front counters.

In a statement on the website of Roding ward’s Liberal Democrats, Cllr Bond says that as well as the proposal to shut front counters at Wanstead and Woodford, the Met also plans to close the front counter at Barkingside Police Station outside of daytime hours.

Under the plans Ilford Police Station’s front counter would remain open 24 hours a day.

The news comes as a  huge blow to campaigners fighting to secure the future of both stations.

Cllr Bond said: “Although the police are keen to emphasise that the future of the buildings themselves is being considered separately, clearly at some point these separate decisions will need to come together.”

He added that a decision on the proposals would be made by December 11, with a public consultation to follow in January, and implementation due to take place in April.

Under the plans almost half of the Met’s front counters will close and a third of their buildings, including New Scotland Yard, will be put up for sale.

More to follow.

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9:58pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

I think they are already more or less permanently closed. Most of the Coppers are in the cafe next door with the vans, cars and motorbikes parked outside.

If you need to report anything go have cup tea with them in there.
I think they are already more or less permanently closed. Most of the Coppers are in the cafe next door with the vans, cars and motorbikes parked outside. If you need to report anything go have cup tea with them in there. Cornbeefur
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11:23pm Thu 15 Nov 12

E17_er says...

It's like watching a fly against a window. You'll just keep beating your head against it with the same tired nonsense.
It's like watching a fly against a window. You'll just keep beating your head against it with the same tired nonsense. E17_er
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11:27pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ColinOrient says...

More good news for all the thieves, burglars and muggers. Just glad I got out of Wanstead when I did a year ago.
More good news for all the thieves, burglars and muggers. Just glad I got out of Wanstead when I did a year ago. ColinOrient
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8:58am Fri 16 Nov 12

UKIP-local says...

As the LibDems are a part of the coalition which decided on massive cuts to police budgets, I assume the Roding Ward LibDems are carrying their report with pride.

As it was the LibDems who delayed the Police and Crime elections from June to November and participated in NOT promoting or publicising it, I assume they are proud of that too? In Essex the LibDems (and Greens) could not even find a candidate to stand.

Why is the public sector allowed to repeatedly get away with charging us more in taxes but providing less and less in services. Post offices closed, courts closed, police stations closed - the only thing that continues is massive pay-offs for failure, as at the BBC last week.
As the LibDems are a part of the coalition which decided on massive cuts to police budgets, I assume the Roding Ward LibDems are carrying their report with pride. As it was the LibDems who delayed the Police and Crime elections from June to November and participated in NOT promoting or publicising it, I assume they are proud of that too? In Essex the LibDems (and Greens) could not even find a candidate to stand. Why is the public sector allowed to repeatedly get away with charging us more in taxes but providing less and less in services. Post offices closed, courts closed, police stations closed - the only thing that continues is massive pay-offs for failure, as at the BBC last week. UKIP-local
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12:15pm Fri 16 Nov 12

stickmanny says...

UKIP-local wrote:
As the LibDems are a part of the coalition which decided on massive cuts to police budgets, I assume the Roding Ward LibDems are carrying their report with pride.

As it was the LibDems who delayed the Police and Crime elections from June to November and participated in NOT promoting or publicising it, I assume they are proud of that too? In Essex the LibDems (and Greens) could not even find a candidate to stand.

Why is the public sector allowed to repeatedly get away with charging us more in taxes but providing less and less in services. Post offices closed, courts closed, police stations closed - the only thing that continues is massive pay-offs for failure, as at the BBC last week.
...because we gave all the money to the banks?
[quote][p][bold]UKIP-local[/bold] wrote: As the LibDems are a part of the coalition which decided on massive cuts to police budgets, I assume the Roding Ward LibDems are carrying their report with pride. As it was the LibDems who delayed the Police and Crime elections from June to November and participated in NOT promoting or publicising it, I assume they are proud of that too? In Essex the LibDems (and Greens) could not even find a candidate to stand. Why is the public sector allowed to repeatedly get away with charging us more in taxes but providing less and less in services. Post offices closed, courts closed, police stations closed - the only thing that continues is massive pay-offs for failure, as at the BBC last week.[/p][/quote]...because we gave all the money to the banks? stickmanny
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12:29pm Fri 16 Nov 12

mdj says...

'..a process of formal consultation..'
That's a phrase to savour, meaning as it does,'as opposed to a genuine one'.
Dictionaries will soon redefine 'consultation' as: 'A process whereby authorities inform the public of the decisions they have already taken behind closed doors.'
So that's Leytonstone and Walthamstow gone, Chingford and Leyton under threat; will we all have to take turns to form a posse?
'..a process of formal consultation..' That's a phrase to savour, meaning as it does,'as opposed to a genuine one'. Dictionaries will soon redefine 'consultation' as: 'A process whereby authorities inform the public of the decisions they have already taken behind closed doors.' So that's Leytonstone and Walthamstow gone, Chingford and Leyton under threat; will we all have to take turns to form a posse? mdj
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1:57pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

mdj wrote:
'..a process of formal consultation..'
That's a phrase to savour, meaning as it does,'as opposed to a genuine one'.
Dictionaries will soon redefine 'consultation' as: 'A process whereby authorities inform the public of the decisions they have already taken behind closed doors.'
So that's Leytonstone and Walthamstow gone, Chingford and Leyton under threat; will we all have to take turns to form a posse?
Some people wear Cranberry Tinted Spectacles and think it is wonderful that the Police Stations are closing down.

They are happy that if you require a Policeman you can attend one of the Industrial Estates where they now hide or a cafe, where they eat vast quantity of All Day Breakfast or Egg, Sausage and hash brown torpedo (roll).

Some even have elasticated waistbands to save time keeping going to the Stores for larger trousers.
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: '..a process of formal consultation..' That's a phrase to savour, meaning as it does,'as opposed to a genuine one'. Dictionaries will soon redefine 'consultation' as: 'A process whereby authorities inform the public of the decisions they have already taken behind closed doors.' So that's Leytonstone and Walthamstow gone, Chingford and Leyton under threat; will we all have to take turns to form a posse?[/p][/quote]Some people wear Cranberry Tinted Spectacles and think it is wonderful that the Police Stations are closing down. They are happy that if you require a Policeman you can attend one of the Industrial Estates where they now hide or a cafe, where they eat vast quantity of All Day Breakfast or Egg, Sausage and hash brown torpedo (roll). Some even have elasticated waistbands to save time keeping going to the Stores for larger trousers. Cornbeefur
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2:19pm Fri 16 Nov 12

E17_er says...

Criminals all wear oddly coloured glasses?. I can see why they're closing down the stations. They'll be a doddle to catch.
Criminals all wear oddly coloured glasses?. I can see why they're closing down the stations. They'll be a doddle to catch. E17_er
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