Uncertain future for Kenley police station

Kenley police station could close pic: 2012 Google

The future of Kenley Police Station is uncertain, the Metropolitan Police Service has announced, admitting that it may fall victim to national policing cuts.

According to the Met the closure could mean considerable savings. The news comes after plans were made to relocate the entire Safer Neighbourhood Team from its base in Kenley to Purley.

However the police authority have said the move does not necessarily mean the immediate closure of the station.

A police spokesperson said: “No decisions have been made and no proposals for 2012/13 or later have yet been put to the Met, but this could provide an opportunity to improve the estate at the same time as delivering substantial savings that will allow us to protect operational capability.”

Steve O’Connell, Kenley’s borough councillor, said: “I have seen no plans to close Kenley Station. I am opposed to any such proposal.”

The station and its services are currently under review from the Met who will look at how they can make the best use of the building and try to identify where savings can be made.

Statistics show that since the Safer Neighbourhood Team moved to Kenley in 2009 the number of motor vehicle crimes in the area have fallen by 25 per cent.

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