After a long search, a new police front counter is due to open next week in Muswell Hill inside the Planet Organic shop on Muswell Hill Road.
Local Liberal Democrat councillors and Lynne Featherstone MP have been campaigning for a replacement counter since 2013, when the previous police counter service in Muswell Hill closed as part of the Mayor’s crime plan for London.
The new police counter will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm and on Saturdays between 1pm and 3pm.
The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the opening of the new police counter.
Martin Newton, Lib Dem Councillor for Fortis Green and Crime spokesperson, comments:
“It was awful when the previous counter closed in 2013, under the Conservative Mayor of London’s policing plans. Residents lost a vital local service.
“I am delighted that residents will once again have a local contact point where they can meet with local police and trained volunteers. It is great that people will be able to report crimes, get crime prevention advice and hand in or collect lost property.”
Lynne Featherstone, local Lib Dem MP, comments:
“The Conservative Mayor of London promised that no counters would close without proper replacement services. So it was an absolute outrage when we lost the service in Muswell Hill. That’s why local Lib Dems councillors, residents and I campaigned for a replacement to be provided.
“We didn’t give up – we worked with the police and local businesses to find a suitable place – and I am very pleased that we’re finally getting a new police counter in Muswell Hill.
“Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign. Local Lib Dems and people power can make a difference!”
It’s not a counter. It’s some policemen sat at a table in the public area of a café for a couple of hours. How can you say this is a victory? Pathetic. Perhaps the government for which you have collective responsibility could ensure that these counters are properly funded.