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Council Welcomes Decision To Keep Bexleyheath Police Station Open
Bexley has given a warm welcome to the news this morning (1 November) that Bexleyheath Police Station will not close as a result of spending reductions being made by the Mayor of London.
“I am absolutely delighted that the Mayor has listened to the views of all those who campaigned so energetically to ‘Save Bexleyheath police station’,” said Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley. “We made a detailed case why we thought the decision did not make sense for both policing and financial reasons and I would like to thank all the campaigners – including Bexley Neighbourhood Watch and our local MPs - who helped us make sure the views of local people were heard.”
Cllr Gareth Bacon, London Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley and local Councillors, was also involved in the successful campaign and presented a petition signed by almost 8,000 local residents at City Hall on 19 October. He said: “This is a great result for Bexley residents. A joint campaign on Parliamentary, Council and London Assembly levels has paid off. I’m delighted that the Mayor has seen the error of his original proposal and common sense has reasserted itself.”
In making its announcement this morning, City Hall said that the Metropolitan Police had come to the view that a police station in Bexleyheath is needed to avoid operational risk to the delivery of services. It also acknowledged the strong views expressed locally about the closure and the impact this would have had on public confidence.
Bexley has been one of London’s safest boroughs for many years, thanks in part to a close working relationship between the emergency services and the Council. London Borough of Bexley will continue to monitor the impact that other proposed changes to policing may have on this.