Council leader vows to keep police counters open in both Barking and Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 15:38 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 01 November 2017
The borough’s council leader has pledged to work to ensure a police counter remains open in both Barking and Dagenham.
It comes after an announcement by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (Mopac) that Dagenham police station, which had been earmarked for closure, would remain open - but the front counter at the Barking Learning Centre could shut instead.
Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “We welcome the news that Dagenham police station has been saved, but this is not the win for the whole borough that we fought to secure.
“At no point during our discussions with Mopac was the potential closure of Barking mentioned as an option so we are extremely disappointed that they have decided to place this on the table now, completely out of the blue.
“While we understand too well the need to make savings – something we have been dealing with over the past few years - we also urged Mopac in our response to the consultation to consider that Barking and Dagenham has two distinct centres and is not appropriate for a single 24/7 counter.
“The front counter at Barking Learning Centre provides a valuable service as a daytime facility and it should remain open.
“Our two local MPs, Jon Cruddas and Margaret Hodge, have set out their views and I will be working with them to secure front counter services that are accessible to residents in all parts of the borough.”
He added: “We offered to, and did work with Mopac to find a solution for Dagenham. Work will now begin immediately to find a solution for Barking.”