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Police station closures increase journey times 400%

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Oct
10

West London: Journeys to police stations could increase 400 per cent after closures, research shows

  • Residents of Hammersmith, Kensington and Westminster face long walks under proposed closures
  • Some journey times increase by 400%
  • Fears over impact on vulnerable and less mobile

 

Residents in areas of west London could see a 400 per cent increase in the distance to their nearest police station under closures proposed by the Mayor of London, new research shows.
Sadiq Khan wants to close front counters at Fulham, Belgravia, West End Central and Notting Hill, as well as seven neighbourhood bases in the area.

Research carried out by Tony Devenish, London Assembly member for West Central, found some journey times will quadruple under the proposals, with Pimlico residents facing a 40-minute walk to their nearest police station compared to the ten minutes it currently takes.

Residents of Fulham would see their journeys double from 25 to 50 minutes, whilst those living in Kensal Green face almost an hour’s walk compared to the current 35 minutes.

Furthermore, the walk between retained police stations in Kensington and Westminster will nearly double to 1 hour 15 minutes, having previously been split by the station in Belgravia.

Mr Devenish fears the increased journey times could pose a problem for vulnerable residents and those with mobility issues.


He said:
“I am very concerned about the practical impact of these closures on people’s ability to report crimes in person, particularly those who are vulnerable or less mobile.

“Not only do police stations allow easier reporting of crime, they have a strong impact on the public’s sense of safety and can be a deterrent to crime more generally.

“Sadiq Khan claims to be consulting on these plans, but with meeting invites issued at just a few days’ notice it is clear he is simply paying lip service to residents who have genuine concerns.

“These closures will have a major impact on the people of west London. My residents deserve better from the Mayor and MOPAC.”

Walking times to nearest police station from west London locations:

Location Previous minutes to walk After proposed closures
Pimlico 10 40
Fulham 25 50
Kensal Green 35 55
Between Kensington and Westminster Police stations 40-50 75

 

Notes

–          Tony Devenish is the GLA Member for West Central

–          Mayor’s draft strategy consultation report on public access and engagement https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/public_acess_strategy.pdf

 

 

 

London’s emergency services struggling to comply with Mayor’s earlier ULEZ deadline

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Mar
21


– Fire, ambulance and police services all say they will be affected by 2019 implementation
– Met needs to replace 82 per cent of its fleet – all of its diesel vehicles
– Fire brigade faced with paying daily charge on 52 non-compliant vehicles if deadline is brought forward
– Ambulance service says it will have to bring forward vehicle replacement timeline

London’s emergency services are struggling to meet the proposed earlier deadline for complying with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), an FOI has revealed.

Information obtained by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey shows all three emergency services are concerned about the financial and logistical impact of a 2019 introduction.

The ULEZ will require all vehicles – including those run by the emergency services – travelling inside the zone to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge of £12.50.

Boris Johnson proposed to introduce the ULEZ in 2020 but Sadiq Khan has pledged to bring forward the date to 2019 and wants to widen the zone to the North and South Circular.

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Mayor ditches police numbers target weeks after raising council tax

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Jan
5

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Removes £38million from Met’s police officer staffing budget

Responding to the Mayor’s decision to cut £38million from the Met’s recruitment budget, London Assembly member Gareth Bacon said:

“Even for a Mayor who has rowed back on almost all of his major pre-election pledges, this is an astonishing development.

“Just three weeks ago Sadiq Khan announced he was raising council tax in order to maintain a target of 32,000 police officers in London.

“Today he’s confirmed he is removing £38million from the Met’s police officer staffing budget, meaning it cannot afford to recruit any more than the current level of 31,000 officers.

“Does Sadiq Khan think he can just promise whatever seems popular at the time without having to deliver it? This kind of smoke and mirrors politics seriously undermines the office of the Mayor and could badly damage public confidence in London’s elected officials.”

Mayor’s terrorism review has serious ‘lack of focus’

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Oct
28

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On the release of the Mayor of London’s Harris Review on terrorism preparedness London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said:

“Though the intentions of the Harris Review were noble, and it has some good recommendations such as the Mayor attending Cobra meetings, it has a serious lack of focus.

“Of the 127 recommendation nearly 50% are not even within the Mayor’s powers.

“We appreciate detail but this report on terrorism preparedness references police pensions, diversity in recruitment, and starting a fortnightly security services newsletter.

“Some complex aspects, such as merging the City of London Police and Met, are explained away in a single paragraph.

“The danger of a review that is so slap dash is it clouds what London’s terrorism preparedness priorities truly are.”

Mayor risking health of police and public over delay of spit guards

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Sep
22

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The Mayor has put the Metropolitan Police use of spit guards under consultation without any adequate alternative or safety precautions, said Tony Arbour at today’s policing and crime committee.

Today the Met Commissioner said the only alternative to protect officers from serious infection involves the use of force against a spitting individual.

The Commission also confirmed that officers have been made seriously ill from spit and that when an officer is spat on they have to receive unpleasant and costly medical attention.

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Just two drivers caught smoking in cars with children since ban

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Sep
8

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Figures in first nine months ‘show ban is unenforceable’, says London Assembly member

Just two drivers in London have been caught smoking in their car with a child since an England-wide ban was introduced last year, new figures show.

The legislation was hailed as a ‘tremendous victory’ by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) when it came into force on October 1, despite critics claiming it would be impossible to police.

Numbers obtained by Conservative London Assembly member Steve O’Connell show little is being done to catch drivers flouting the new law.

The data shows just two drivers were stopped by Met officers in the first nine months of the ban, despite the BLF claiming last year that more than 430,000 children were being exposed to second-hand smoke in cars every week.

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Police car crashes on the increase in London

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Aug
11

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Data shows three-year increase in number of collisions

The number of crashes involving police cars pursuing other vehicles and responding to 999 calls is on the increase in London, figures show.

There were 1,748 collisions involving police vehicles responding to emergency calls between April 2015 and April 2016 – 256 more crashes than in 2013/14.

In 2015/16 there were 498 collisions involving police cars pursuing other vehicles – an increase of 64 crashes on the previous year.

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Better reporting needed to eradicate FGM in London

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Jan
18

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Mayor challenged to act after ‘appalling’ number of cases in capital

Social workers, medical professionals and teachers need to help identify young girls at risk of FGM after an ‘appalling’ number of the crimes were reported in London.

Assembly Member Andrew Boff will be challenging Boris Johnson to take decisive action after it was reported that London accounted for more than half the number of FGM cases nationwide.

Between July and September last year, 758 new incidents were reported to the Metropolitan Police, compared to 1,385 nationwide.

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Sound cannon could be the water cannon alternative London needs

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in OpinionshareShare
Jul
15

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The Home Secretary has made the wrong decision in not allowing the Metropolitan Police the use of water cannon. Not only are water cannon a better alternative to rubber bullets, they act as a powerful visual deterrent to violence.

Another crowd control alternative is now required and I suggest the Met adopt Sound Cannon. They are low cost, safe, extremely mobile, and would be very effective at dispersing a riot or violent demonstrations. Though I hope another riot never happens we must be prepared to protect Londoners against all eventualities.

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