Confirmed: Mayor shuts Muswell Hill Police Station and cuts Hornsey front counter hours
PUBLISHED: 12:15 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:15 25 March 2013
Residents will have to travel all the way to Tottenham to find a police station open after hours after plans to keep a 24/7 counter at Wood Green were scrapped.
Volunteer-run Muswell Hill Police Station will also be closed, Mayor of London Boris Johnson confirmed today as the final Police and Crime Plan was published after a pan-London consultation.
The plan as it stands now leaves residents in the west of Haringey with just 43 hours each week when they know when and where to find a policeman to talk to face-to-face in the local area.
The Mayor’s office claim the changes, designed to save the Metropolitan Police millions, will put more officers on the streets, drive down crime and make policing more efficient by reforming the Metropolitan Police and boosting safer neighbourhood teams.
Each borough would have just one front counter open all day, every day. Smaller bases - like Muswell Hill - would be shut down, and police would set up new “contact points” in places like supermarkets.
Moving the 24/7 counter from Wood Green, as originally suggested, means people in Highgate, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Hornsey now face having to cross the entire borough to reach an open front counter in the hours Hornsey is not open.
The reduction of hours at Tottenham Police Station - the starting point of the summer 2011 riots - provoked particular anxiety in Haringey, and the final plans reflect this - but to the detriment of the west of Haringey.
The new “contact point” - which will be found at The Collection Point, Crouch Hall Road - will be open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for an hour between 7pm and 8pm, and on Saturday afternoons from 2pm until 3pm.
A second suggested contact point could be established at Muswell Hill Library, Queen’s Avenue, offering the same hours.
Meanwhile, Hornsey Police Station looks set to only be open 40 hours a week.
Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone said the news was a “great disappointment”.
“We conducted a survey and the response was overwhelmingly against a reduction in front counter services,” she said.
“We were very clear in our campaigning that opening hours at our local station should not be reduced; and that a front counter should be retained in the Muswell Hill area.
“We will certainly carry on campaigning to ensure that a replacement contact point is created in Muswell Hill.”