08 August 2017

Campaign launched to halt closure of local police stations

Vassall's councillors have backed a new campaign against government plans to cut another £400 million from London police funding which could cause the closure of all but one police station in Lambeth.

According to the Lambeth Labour campaign, backed by local MPs and community activists:

  • Eight police stations across the borough could face closure as part of the government's plan to remove another £400 million from the police budget in London. 
  • The capital's police force has already had to save £600 million since 2010 when the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition began reducing spending on community safety.
  • Only one station will be left open to the public in Brixton with Vassall's nearby Kennington police station one of those slated for closure.
  • More than a thousand police officers have been taken off the streets in the past few years and London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned 12,800 more could be lost before the end of the decade. 
A petition against the proposed closures can be signed here.

Local Vassall councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - said:

"It is very clear that the government is trying to provide community safety and policing on the cheap. These moves will remove a vital face to face link between the community and their local police force at a time when this is needed more than ever. The entire borough is likely to be left with just one functioning police station in Brixton which is likely to become badly overstretched. We urge all residents to sign our petition: it is vital we get these damaging cuts stopped."