To: London Mayor

Bexleyheath Police Station Front Office Closure

We ask that plans to close the Bexleyheath Police Station Front Office, which is the only 24 hour manned police station in Bexley Borough (and eventually closing the entire building to move the facilities to Marlowe House in Sidcup) be abandoned

Why is this important?

We believe that the alternative location at Sidcup will restrict the majority of Bexley resident’s access to police services. Not all residents have access to internet facilities nor do they have their own transport to travel to Sidcup. Both of these points are particularly relevant to Bexley’s older and more vulnerable residents. Bexleyheath police station is central to the entire borough with superb public transport links to all locations. Travelling to Sidcup by public transport is challenging. There is a very limited bus service to Marlowe House and parking facilities are both limited and costly. The proposed new location would therefore make using the front office extremely difficult, especially for people living in the north of the borough.
Neighbourhood policing – a strategic priority for the London Mayor – would also be adversely affected. SNT officers will be spending more time travelling from this Sidcup location to their wards thereby limiting their time engaging with ward residents when on duty.


Reasons for signing

  • Living in the north of the borough would prove to be a lengthy journey to Sidcup as well as costly, also we have already lost our police station in Belvedere. The presence of the police station in Bexleyheath gives a sense of security and it would be unthinkable that in years to come we could be without any police station in the borough. This could happen and how vulnerable would we all be then?
  • Sidcup is not convenient for those in the north of the borough. Not everyone is on line and for the vulnerable especially the elderly and those with learning difficulties it would be a challenging journey for them. Having the police station in Bexleyheath gives a sense of security with the town as a hub for social life. We've already lost police stations in the borough, to lose Bexleyheath now, could mean that soon we would be looking at not having any police station in the borough?
  • the shift doesn't seem to help people. Looks more to make it difficult to approach police. With so many burglaries reported recently, I feel more insecure in Bexleyheath.

Updates

2017-08-18 19:30:29 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-08-18 06:01:39 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-08-17 15:19:43 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-08-17 14:11:07 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-08-17 12:53:42 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-08-17 12:13:48 +0100

10 signatures reached