Police bases in Waltham Forest to close under cost-cutting proposals

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Walthamstow Police Station Walthamstow Police Station

The proposed closure of three police stations and a neighbourhood base in Waltham Forest have been confirmed today as part of cost-cutting measures.

They include the closure of the safer neighbourhood team office in Walthamstow High Street and the Waltham House police station in Leytonstone.

The plans also reaffirm the 'closures' of Leyton and Walthamstow Police Stations, although these were previously announced by the force last year.

If the proposals are approved, Chingford Police Station would be the only historic station left in the borough.

But the Met also lists the Leyton Custody Centre in Boreham Close as a public-access police station.

The announcement was made as part of City Hall's draft Police and Crime Plan.

It outlines proposals to save £500million across the capital by 2015 by closing dozens of stations and bases.

Walthamstow Police Station, in Forest Road, has been shut since September 2011 when it was damaged in an arson attack.

The Met later revealed it could not afford to repair the damage and put the building up for sale in October 2012.

A public consultation on the proposed closures begins today and closes on February 28.

Visit http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-and-crime/community-engagement for more information.

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4:53pm Wed 9 Jan 13

fabster says...

High Street is where petty crime is at its highest in LBWF: anti-social incidences, drunkeness, fighting, homelessness, pickpocketing, car crime & burglaries.

Closing the SNT there affects all the hard work residents have put in to foster closer relations between them & residential groups in the High St ward.

If you want to make your voice heard against closing the SNT High St branch, please come to Waltham Forest Assembly Hall Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 18:00 to 19:00.
High Street is where petty crime is at its highest in LBWF: anti-social incidences, drunkeness, fighting, homelessness, pickpocketing, car crime & burglaries. Closing the SNT there affects all the hard work residents have put in to foster closer relations between them & residential groups in the High St ward. If you want to make your voice heard against closing the SNT High St branch, please come to Waltham Forest Assembly Hall Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 18:00 to 19:00. fabster
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5:30pm Wed 9 Jan 13

fabster says...

When the Forest Road station originally closed, we were told we would still have the SNT on the High St. If this goes too, there would be zero police presence based in Walthamstow's town centre.

This is unacceptable.

By the way, unsure why the GLA sees a need to 'sign up' but if you plan on coming to the Assembly hall consultation on the 20th Feb, this is the link you need to register:

http://www.london.go
v.uk/events/waltham-
forest
When the Forest Road station originally closed, we were told we would still have the SNT on the High St. If this goes too, there would be zero police presence based in Walthamstow's town centre. This is unacceptable. By the way, unsure why the GLA sees a need to 'sign up' but if you plan on coming to the Assembly hall consultation on the 20th Feb, this is the link you need to register: http://www.london.go v.uk/events/waltham- forest fabster
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6:02pm Wed 9 Jan 13

SXH says...

This is a joke, Leytonstone too, no police presence crime will rise,
This is a joke, Leytonstone too, no police presence crime will rise, SXH
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8:34pm Wed 9 Jan 13

W F B says...

If this go's ahead criminals will be rubbing their hands together.Not good enough met police.
If this go's ahead criminals will be rubbing their hands together.Not good enough met police. W F B
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9:20pm Wed 9 Jan 13

SXH says...

W F B wrote:
If this go's ahead criminals will be rubbing their hands together.Not good enough met police.
Your so right, this is open house for criminals, what has happened to community reassurance.
[quote][p][bold]W F B[/bold] wrote: If this go's ahead criminals will be rubbing their hands together.Not good enough met police.[/p][/quote]Your so right, this is open house for criminals, what has happened to community reassurance. SXH
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11:03am Thu 10 Jan 13

Techno3 says...

I would be interested to see some information on where the upper ranks in the Metropolitan police and their relatives reside. I bet they are not planning on abandoning the areas where they live.
I would be interested to see some information on where the upper ranks in the Metropolitan police and their relatives reside. I bet they are not planning on abandoning the areas where they live. Techno3
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4:32pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

New Base appears to be in Cafe Sewardstone Road
New Base appears to be in Cafe Sewardstone Road Cornbeefur
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