This update is to make you aware that from 14th December the Borough’s 24/7 Police Station front counter facility will be moving from Uxbridge Police Station to Hayes. Uxbridge Police station front counter will then be closed to members of the public, the police station will remain operational for some time to come. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that this change is in line with our plans to modernise the Metropolitan Police Service and that there are still many ways in which our communities can engage with us.
There is more demand for police to be contactable on line, and we have responded to this by improving our digital and telephone reporting systems. Local research has shown us that fewer than three reports are made via Uxbridge front counter per day and that making these changes will save the MPS £460K per year – the equivalent of 8 police constables. Most crime is not currently reported at police stations. Just 8 per cent of crimes were reported at police front counters in 2016, down from 22 per cent in 2006, and this number continues to fall.
Where there’s not a police building on or within close proximity to a Dedicated Ward Officer’s ward, we’ll be creating additional ‘hubs’ for them – small back offices where they can pick up their kit – to enable them to spend more time in the communities they police. These new hubs will be created at locations that supports community policing, and we will be engaging in the coming months to identify these locations across the Borough. The hubs will be accessible 24/7 and located either within existing Met buildings or suitable partnership buildings, such as with: Blue Light partners; local authorities; hospitals; or with commercial services where there’s an appropriate relationship. Over the next three years 150 hubs will be rolled out across London.
In addition to these measures, we recognise that there are members of the public who still wish to make face to face contact so we will be introducing contact points. Our Dedicated Ward Officers will hold a minimum of a one hour community contact session per week per ward. The dates/times/locations will be advertised as soon as these have been finalised. For wards identified as having over 60 minutes travel time to the nearest front counter, an enhanced session will be held twice a week at a Safer Neighbourhood base or fixed place which will be retained for six months whilst we assess the effectiveness of these sessions. Services offered at both sessions will include, crime prevention advice, property marking, crime reporting, and signposting to other Met or partner agency services.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support as we make these changes, and to reassure you that we will continue to remain contactable and visible.
There is an opportunity to meet Santa on Thursday the 14th of December at Elliots Estate Agents on Long Drive. There will be hot chocolate, coffee, hot dogs and mince pies.
The event is free but organised by the South Ruislip Chamber of Commerce and a number of shops are taking part in the events which include a raffle. Donations if people would like to a SRCoC nominated charity.
Monday 27th November the Christmas lights were turned on in South Ruislip. Some of the many attending included Councillors Judy Kelly and Allan Kauffman, representatives from local business and member of the SOuth Ruislip Chamber of Commerce, Sid Jackson from the SRRA and other local residents.
[In my bias opinion they are the nicest lights we have had for many years! – Ed]
The Boundary Commission have responded with changes to the constituency of Uxbridge and Hillingdon (note the change in name from Uxbridge and South Ruislip) by moving Harefield to the Ruilsip and Pinner constituency and adding more of Ruislip to the constituency.
The controversial move to include two Ealing Council Northolt Wards in the revised Uxbridge and Hillingdon constituency remains unchanged.
Maps of the proposed new Uxbridge and Hillingdon constituency can be found at the Commissions website link below.
Councillor Douglas Mills commented, :
“The Boundary Commission have accepted the argument that South Ruislip needs to be linked with Cavendish & Manor wards but the latest proposals from the Commission continues to miss the chance of bringing most of the Ruislip area under one MP. Indeed only 9,035 Ruislip residents are actually going to be in the seat with the Ruislip name. These will be those who live in West Ruislip ward and the part of Eastcote ward that covers East Ruislip.”
19,630 Ruislip residents living in Manor, Ruislip Gardens and South Ruislip including those in Cavendish ward will have no recognition of Ruislip in their proposed new constituency. Which will be called Hillingdon & Uxbridge even though the two Ealing Northolt wards are still included!”
Do you think the boundary changes are a good idea, grounded in common sense or pragmatism? Or are you against the proposal like Cllr Mills?
The consultation is once again open to the public until 11th December 2017. This changes the political landscape until the next review so whatever your point of view we would suggest that you comment on the proposals.