Caroline calls for Southwark police stations to remain open

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Southwark Councillor Caroline Pidgeon is calling on Southwark’s Borough Police commander, Malcolm Tillyer, to withdraw the threat of closure notices issued last week to East Dulwich, Rotherhithe and Camberwell police stations.

Caroline Pidgeon’s demand comes following a Metropolitan Police Authority meeting last Friday that put the whole police station closure programme on hold, and called for a full review of the Met’s plans.

“It’s clear that that messages coming for Mayor Boris Johnson’s office and senior police officers from New Scotland Yard are not necessarily reaching or being heard by local Borough commanders on the ground” said Councillor Pidgeon. “The plans for Southwark need to be stopped, while the Met carry out their review and local people’s concerns must be heard during this review.”

Caroline Pidgeon went on:
“At the next Mayor’s Question Time session in City Hall I will be calling on the Mayor and his policy advisor on policing to meet with me and the three local East Dulwich councillors to discuss plans for East Dulwich police station, now the immediate threat of closure has been lifted. I also want to discuss the future use of Rotherhithe and Camberwell police stations.”