‘Keep Chiswick Police Station open permanently’ – say Ealing & Hounslow’s Lib Dems
17 August, 2020 / by Matt Smith
Image above: Liberal Democrats Gareth Roberts (left), Gary Malcolm (middle) and Helen Cross (right) outside Chiswick Police Station / Leader of Richmond Council (left), Councillor of Ealing Southfield (middle) and Parliamentary spokesperson for Brentford and Isleworth (right).
Ealing and Hounslow Liberal Democrats have joined forces to fight for Chiswick Police Station’s front counter to reopen permanently. The front counter at Chiswick Police Station has reopened temporarily until mid-November, while Hounslow Police Station is being refurbished.
They say that a physical, local presence means the police can speed up their response to dealing with crimes and that direct contact between residents and police helps to “reduce the fear of crime” and have started a petition to keep the police counter open.
They have the backing of Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond’s London Assembly candidate (and leader of adjacent Richmond Council) Gareth Roberts.
This isn’t the first time the Lib Dems have campaigned for greater local police presence in west London. In 2018, they campaigned and won what they describe as an “important” High Court decision which meant that Wimbledon Police Station was not allowed to close – despite the opposition from the office of the Mayor of London.
Fear of crime ‘will increase’
The Liberal Democrat Councillor for Southfield ward, Gary Malcolm, told The Chiswick Calendar:
“A local police station is vital to our Chiswick community. Residents value the direct contact between the police and the residents as it lessens their fear of crime”.
“Despite technological advancements, 10% of our local population still have little or no online access. As a society, their right to feel safe should not be forgotten”.
“Meanwhile, high profile, sometimes violent crimes are still happening in Ealing and Hounslow, where criminals have used Chiswick roads as a getaway route. At the time of writing, 75 murders have already taken place this year in the capital alone. Why isn’t the current Labour Mayor prioritise in making crime reporting easier?”. [sic] “Yet he has ignored these concerns and pressed ahead with its original closure in 2018”.
“West London has been consistently plighted with threats of such closures by the current Labour administration”.
If you’d like to sign the petition, you can follow the link below:
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