Mayor’s plan confirms fewer local police in Haringey

Joanne McCartney AM outside Muswell Hill Police Station, due to be closing down.
Joanne McCartney AM outside Muswell Hill Police Station, due to be closing

Today the Mayor of London published his draft Police and Crime Plan for London and the list of front counters to be closed. In it the Mayor claims that he will increase the number of police officers based in each borough. However, new analysis shows that the plans will lead to fewer police officers based in two thirds of London’s boroughs, including Haringey.

The new analysis shows that compared to 2010 many boroughs will lose significant numbers of police officers. Haringey is set to lose 58 police officers.

The Mayor’s Draft Policing Plan also details how the current locally based Safer Neighbourhood Teams will have less dedicated resources. Each SNT currently has three PCSOs, two PCs and one sergeant. The new model will see each SNT having only one dedicated PC and a “named sergeant”. This is a move back to Sector-based policing, a model that was abandoned in the late 1990s as it was deemed to be ineffective and led to the police having poor relations on a local level.

Today we also learnt that Muswell Hill police station is proposed to close, with Tottenham and Hornsey police stations reduced from being open 24 hours a day to being open only during the day.

Local Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“This plan confirms our worst fears. We already know that London has lost over 2,000 police officers in the last two years, but this plan confirms that the majority of London’s boroughs will have fewer police officers than in 2010. Combined with the closure of 65 police front counters and the loss of nearly half of London’s PCSOs, this will lead to a smaller police presence on our streets. The government and mayor are cutting too far and too fast, they are hitting the frontline.

“In Haringey we will lose 58 police officers compared to what we had in 2010, and that’s if the Mayor can actually deliver on his proposals which I don’t think he can.  This is in addition to the current loss of 50 PCSOs since 2010, and means there will be less police on our streets.

“Muswell Hill station is set to close with Tottenham and Hornsey police stations opening hours reduced from 24/7 to only during the day.  This will make it harder for local people to report serious crimes and reduce the police’s presence.

“To make matters worse this proposed plan details how the Mayor will strip out our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams which are vital in fighting crime in London. SNTs build local knowledge and get to know their patch, the proposals today look very much like a return to the old model of sector policing which does not have this strong local link. The Mayor’s plans will also see a loss of many experienced senior officers, which raises obvious concerns about the supervision of police constables.

“We doubt the mayor can keep his election promises, as HMIC reported last week police visibility is down and this trend will continue. Contrary to what they say, this is further evidence that the Mayor and Government are cutting too far too fast.”

Local Assembly Members welcome decision from Waste Authority to abandon Pinkham Way plan

Local Labour London Assembly Members Joanne McCartney and Andrew Dismore have today welcomed the announcement that the North London Waste Authority are to withdraw their plans for a Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant on the Pinkham Way site.

Over the past year both members have consistently supported local residents and opposed the plan for a waste treatment facility to be built in the middle of a built up residential area of North London.

In a joint statement they said:

“The decision of the NLWA to listen to local people instead of trying to force this scheme through against residents’ wishes is welcome. The campaign against the Pinkham Way site has seen an extraordinary campaign from local residents. The decision to scrap these plans are a credit to the residents who have campaigned so hard.

“This isn’t over yet, we will need to keep a close eye on future proposals, but at least we can enter 2013 with renewed optimism. We would like to wish all of our constituents a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

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Notes:
1. Joanne McCartney AM is the Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey.
2. Andrew Dismore AM is the Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet & Camden.
3. Details of the decision of the North London Waste Authority can be found at http://www.nlwa.gov.uk/news/newsdetail/2012/12/21/announcement-on-nlwa-procurement

Joanne pays Enfield Delivery Office a visit

Local Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM visited workers at Royal Mail’s Enfield delivery office last week to meet the postmen and women who are in charge of delivering parcels and cards this Christmas.

Joanne McCartney was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard to sort and deliver through the higher quantity of cards and parcels in the Enfield and Haringey area over the festive period.

Joanne said:
“It was great to meet the hard-working Royal Mail postmen and women at Enfield delivery office and to see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year.

“Postmen and women do such an important job at this time of year, with the added workload and having to negotiate the cold, unpredictable weather. The universal postal service is an invaluable public service. I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the very best over the busy festive period.”

Notes
1. The recommended last posting dates for mail are:

Thursday 20 December for 1st Class items
Tuesday 18 December for 2nd Class items
Saturday 22 December for Special Delivery items

2. The last recommended posting dates for international mail are:

Wednesday 5 December for airmail to Asia, Far East, Australia and New Zealand
Friday 7 December for airmail to South & Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East
Monday 10 December for airmail to Eastern Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan
Wednesday 12 December for airmail items to Western Europe

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