Jan 9 2013 By Hannah Raven
Northwood police station
NORTHWOOD police station is earmarked for closure under plans released today (Wednesday).
The police station in Murray Road (left) is one of 65 desks set to close as part of the Mayor of London's plan to reduce the Met's budget by s500million over the next three years.
The Northwood desk runs from a Grade II listed building and celebrated its centenary in 2011.
It is currently run by volunteers on Monday-Wednesday betweem 11am-1pm. If the closure goes ahead the nearest police station would be four miles away in Ruislip.
Tony Ellis, chairman of Northwood Residents' Association, said: "It would be terrible to lose it.
"We have had no police presense for quite some time.
"I just want to see more police presence on the streets whether there is a police station or not."
The plan says visitor numbers in some stations are extremely low, using up money that could be better spent elsewhere.
It says the best way to boost public confidence is to get more officers out on the street where the public wants to see them.
Savings will go towards extra police officers for the borough.
The plan aims to ensure every borough has at least one 24/7 police desk.
Mr Ellis said: "If we had a 24/7 desk in Ruislip and a guarantee that won't close, I'd be reasonably happy."
The plans have so far only dealt with stations which have a front desk service, so do not shed any more light on the future of Harefield police station.
A public consultation discussing these changes is to be held at the civic centre, Uxbridge on February 6.
Find out more at and view the full draft plan visit: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-and-crime/community-engagement