Opinion: Keeping close eye on tri-borough policing

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 October 2017

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.


Residents will have noticed that we are now nearing the completion of the Crossrail works.

Network Rail are currently testing one of their new rolling stock on the line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street so you may be lucky enough to ride one early before the official Crossrail launch.

Many of you will be aware that the Met Police are running a Pathfinder merger of three local boroughs – Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbrige.

The idea is to put them under one joint borough commander and pool resources.

They are experiencing a number of teething problems. The biggest challenge is around response times across the tri-borough area. Obviously this has not been helped by the need to take officers away for incidents in central London

I have met with the borough commander who has explained that they have now reverted to the response teams being borough based.

Which, having looked at the figures, has improved slightly but is still well below the Met’s average. I will be keeping a close eye on the situation.

We also have the issue of Mayor Khan’s plans to close a number of police stations in the borough.

I can assure you I and my colleagues on Havering Council will fight these proposals to ensure that the police have the resources they need.

I continue to work alongside local residents and stakeholders to deliver for our area.

Locally, I have been working with residents around the Ardleigh Green junction to press TfL to install a signalled pedestrian crossing east of the junction.

I have also raised concerns about the lack of a pedestrian crossing at the Ardleigh Green lights.

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