Jan 9 2013 By Ian Proctor
HARROW could be left with just one and Brent with just two manned police counters under the Metropolitan Police's new estate plan.
The force is proposing to shut the volunteer-run Pinner Police Station in Waxwell Lane, Pinner, and close the office hours crime reporting counter at Harrow Civic Centre in Station Road - itself created due to the closure of the counter at Harrow Police Station in Northolt Road, South Harrow.
This would only leave the Harrow Central Police Station at Kirkland House in Peterborough Road, Harrow, which would open round the clock. Harrow on the Hill Police Station was sold off a while ago and Wealdstone Police Station is in the process of being sold.
The Met Police draft document, which is to go out for public consultation, does not mention Harrow Police Station, which is the headquarters for Harrow's officers and police admin staff at present and contains the custody suite, raising questions about its future.
Brent meanwhile would keep just two manned counters: Wembley Police Station in Harrow Road, Wembley, which would continue to operate 24 hours a day, and Kilburn Police Station in Salusbury Road, Kilburn, whose opening times would be reduced from 24 hours a day to just daytime hours.
Harlesden Police Station in Craven Park, Harlesden, and Willesden Police Station in High Road, Willesden Green, would be shut and sold off.
The Met Police's plan reveals it wants to consolidate by the 2015/16 financial year its road death investigation units, currently based at five bases across the capital, into just two sites, one in Merton in south-east London and the other in Alperton, in order to save £5million a year in running costs.
New Scotland Yard would be sold off and the Met Police's HQ would move back to a refurbished Curtis Green Building in Embankment, which would be renamed Scotland Yard.
The Peel Centre training centre in Hendon would be redeveloped with subsidy from the sale of part of the site for housing.
Navin Shah, the Labour London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, said: "This plan confirms our worst fears.
"I totally condemn the proposed closure of Pinner Police Station and the Civic Centre facility.
"It is an act of vandalism to close police stations in local areas. It is vital that residents have access to local police stations, so I’m not surprised that local community members strongly oppose the closure of their police stations."
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