Labour Council leaders have declared their opposition to any further police station closures. In an open letter coordinated by Lambeth Leader Lib Peck, the representatives of 20 boroughs across London have called on the Government to scrap planned cuts to the police service and work with the Mayor to keep police stations open:
As London council leaders, we are extremely concerned about the warnings from the Mayor of London about plans to keep just one 24-hour police station open to the public in every borough in response to government cuts to London’s police force.
This government has made huge cuts to the Metropolitan Police to date, with even deeper cuts on way (bringing the total to £1 billion since 2010). At the recent General Election, Londoners made clear that enough is enough and that the Government cannot protect the public on the cheap.
We know what an important job our police do across our city, and how important community-focused policing, based in our local areas, is to tackling crime and providing reassurance. Recent tragic events have only underlined how important their work is, and yet how stretched our police services currently are.
We urge the Government to reconsider their cuts to our police services at a time of heightened public concern and to work with the Mayor of London and local authorities to keep our police stations open and the police visible and accessible to the public.
Cllr Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council
Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council
Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council
Cllr John Biggs, Leader of Tower Hamlets Council
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council
Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council
Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Cllr Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council
Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council
Cllr Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council
Cllr Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council
Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council
Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council
Cllr Sachin Shah, Leader of Harrow Council
Cllr Doug Taylor, Leader of Enfield Council
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham