Review of the year - March

This Is Local London: Police station closure Police station closure

Critics in March claimed that Mayor of London failed to listen to people in Enfield as plans to close police stations and slash front counter opening hours were waved through.

Mayor Boris Johnson revealed the final Police and Crime Plan for London and rubber-stamped plans to close Winchmore Hill Police Station in Green Lanes and cut the opening hours of Enfield Police Station in Baker Street from 24 hours a day to just 40 hours a week.

Joanne McCartney, the assembly member for Enfield and Haringey, lobbied for the mayor to rethink  the proposals.

She said: “I am disappointed that the mayor has not listened to the residents of Enfield and that we will lose access to local police stations, even after we raised our concerns with him."

A headteacher warned that housing developments on the North Circular would lead to a school becoming “claustrophobic” and “gloomy”.

Peter Travis of Broomfield Primary school condemned planned developments by Notting Hill Housing and claimed they were a “very real concern” for the Wilbury Way school.

Squatters on the abandoned Brimsdown Avenue MOT centre were told to up sticks in March by bailiffs.

Seven people were squatting at the site, described as an eyesore by some in the area, and were understood to be used to housing redevelopment.

The squatters were evicted later in the month after a ten-day eviction battle and self-styled Reverend Peter Nichols, who lived on the site, warned that more squatters could move in there.

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