Protesters 'disappointed' Sidcup police station set to close

Protesters 'disappointed' Sidcup police station set to close

Sue Medley with her 1200-signature petition in December last year.

Sidcup police station.

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PROTESTERS say they are “disappointed” Sidcup police station will close its doors for good next week.

Police say the station in Main Road - which opens for four hours a day - provides poor working conditions for staff and is inefficient for modern day policing.

It will close on March 16.

A replacement front-counter service will be offered in Sidcup from Monday (March 19) at Marlowe House in Station Road.

Here, police say the facilities will be more modern and more efficient.

In December last year News Shopper reported how a 1,200-signature petition had been sent to Bexley police borough commander Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer by concerned Sidcup resident Sue Medley.

The 59-year-old web designer, who lives in Main Road, said: “I’m disappointed but it shows they don’t take any notice about what local people think.

“The shops didn’t want it to go and the people didn’t want it to go but if the police want it to then it’s going.

“The current police station is ideal, it’s on all the major bus routes and it’s easily accessible.

“It is a part of our history.

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“Marlowe House isn’t so easy for people to get to no matter what they say.”

A front counter service, dealing with everyday policing issues such as lost and found property, will be provided by volunteers at Marlowe House.

Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer said: “While it’s sad to see Sidcup police station close we have to take into account the fact it is an old building and we must be realistic about its suitability for modern day policing.

“There will be many officers who have worked here over the years who will look back fondly on their time spent here.

“The new front counter facility at Marlowe House is less than one mile from Sidcup police station and is in a convenient location close to shops and is well serviced by public transport links.”

The station is closing as part of a review into the Metropolitan Police Service estate, which contains more than 800 buildings across the capital.

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1:53pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Outandabout says...

Is that the extent of their wrath, 'disappointed'? I bet the Met are bricking it.
Is that the extent of their wrath, 'disappointed'? I bet the Met are bricking it. Outandabout
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3:26pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Citygirl83 says...

Yes Marlowe House is particularly difficult to get to. I mean you couldn't jump on a bus from the bus stops by the old station now and disembark almost outside Marlowe house can you? oh sorry yes you can its just a little bit further of a walk. And there is also the station right next door in their new location.
Try living in Greenhithe where our local police contact points are dartford or gravesend.
Yes Marlowe House is particularly difficult to get to. I mean you couldn't jump on a bus from the bus stops by the old station now and disembark almost outside Marlowe house can you? oh sorry yes you can its just a little bit further of a walk. And there is also the station right next door in their new location. Try living in Greenhithe where our local police contact points are dartford or gravesend. Citygirl83
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3:36pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Virtual-Monster says...

We don't need lots of police stations, what we need is Police on the street and a good service when we report a crime.
We don't need lots of police stations, what we need is Police on the street and a good service when we report a crime. Virtual-Monster
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4:32pm Fri 9 Mar 12

B L Zeebub says...

yep, modern day policing, invisibilty cloaks, and turning (or not) up after the CCTV event. Sidcup Needs a police presence, even in one of the empty shops.
yep, modern day policing, invisibilty cloaks, and turning (or not) up after the CCTV event. Sidcup Needs a police presence, even in one of the empty shops. B L Zeebub
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