Mayor of London plan reveals three Wandsworth police stations face axe
Three police stations in the borough have been threatened with the axe after the Metropolitan Police published their vision for the future of policing.
Jubilee House, in Putney Bridge Road, Battersea Police Station, in Battersea Bridge Road, and Tooting Police Station, in Mitcham Road, have all been earmarked for closure.
The draft report, called the Police and Crime Plan, will see Wandsworth Police Station, in Wandsworth High Street, downgraded to a daytime only station.
However, Lavender Hill Police Station, in Battersea, which is currently only open during the day will become a 24 hour station.
The Lavender Hill site was at the centre of August 2011's riots, which saw widespread disorder around the Battersea area.
A temporary desk will run from Putney's Jubilee House for the time being, while all the other stations are to operate as usual for now.
The Police and Crime Plan has been developed by the Mayor of London's Office as part of Government cuts to policing.
Across London nearly all 32 London boroughs will be left with just one 24 hour station.
The Met need to save £500m by 2015 and have proposed to cut the size of their estate by 300,000 sq metres with around 200 of its least used buildings marked for closure.
Plans have already been announced by the Metropolitan Police to sell off its iconic headquarters in Scotland Yard, near St James’s Park, to move to a smaller facility in Whitehall.
The policing model also plans to redeploy hundreds of police officers from back office roles back onto the front line with a further 700 officers expected in Merton by 2015 and 49 more Safer Neighbourhood Officers.
New public access points will also be created with police counters expected to be introduced in public buildings including Merton Civic Centre.
An eight week consultation on the plans is underway, with a public meeting set to take place on February 26 in Wandsworth Town Hall Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street attended by the Mayor’s deputy mayor for policing, Stephen Greenhalgh.
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