Mayor is insulting Londoners by his shambolic consultation on Met Police Services – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon has described the Mayor’s consultation on Met Police Services as ‘shambolic’ after the details of important public meetings were finally published - almost eight weeks after the consultation started.

The Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Member of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has been chasing the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime for the details of the public meetings for some time. On the latest news, Caroline said: “The Mayor should be ashamed of this shambolic consultation process.

“His knee jerk reaction to blame central Government for absolutely everything is becoming tedious. It is time he started to carry out his own responsibilities properly as Mayor of London.

“In every London Borough significant changes are planned for local policing provision. It is only right that properly organised and well publicised public meetings are held so local people can fully understand what is being proposed. Local people should also be able to question those putting forward the proposals, including the Deputy Mayor for Policing.

“Sadly it seems in many parts of London the public will only hear about these meetings after they have actually taken place.”

“This Mayoral consultation on such important changes to policing in London is turning into a sham.”

  • Public consultation on the Mayor’s plans to close police counters and police stations started on 14th July 2017 with a specific pledge to hold public consultation sessions in all of London’s 32 Boroughs
  • Almost 8 weeks after the consultation started the details of the public meetings have only been announced today
  • People in Kensington and Chelsea have been given just 24 hours’ notice of tomorrow night’s public meeting
  • People in Bexley, Islington and Sutton have also been given inadequate notice of key public meetings this week
  • The time of Brent’s public meeting still to be set
  • People in Croydon will have to wait until the 4th October to finally ask questions about the proposed changes in their borough and then have just one day to respond to the Mayor’s consultation.

UPDATE: Caroline has published a response to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)'s Public Access and Engagement Strategy, which you can find by clicking this link.

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