Police want to stay on Blackbird Leys

The Oxford Times: The existing Blackbird Leys police base The existing Blackbird Leys police base

POLICE in Blackbird Leys are pushing for a replacement office on the estate.

Thames Valley Police plans to close the current base off Blackbird Leys Road in April, less than three years after opening it, to cut costs.

It has been leased from owner NHS Oxfordshire since 2010, when officers moved in after more than 18 months of negotiations.

Thames Valley Police has given no commitment that a replacement office will be found, but community officers are pressing for a home inside Blackbird Leys.

Sgt Rob Axe, of the south east area police team, addressed Blackbird Leys Parish Council on Tuesday saying he was disappointed at the decision, but upbeat about finding a replacement.

He said: “The IT inside the building was a factor. It wasn’t good enough and taking everything else into account a financial decision was made. “I am hopeful we can find somewhere else near here as soon as we can. We are looking for value for money.”

Insp Matt Coburn, south east neighbourhood team chief, also wrote to the parish council to apologise for the “surprise” nature of the closure.

He said the focus was on retaining a visible presence inside the estate and that extra patrols would be put on.

The parish council said it was appalled by the decision, which is being made to save about £12,000 a year.

Chairman Gordon Roper said: “This parish council will do everything in its power to make sure that police remain on the estate. It’s good for the residents to see that there are police around.”

Police statistics show that crime levels have dropped in Blackbird Leys during the time the police base, which houses five neighbourhood officers and five PCSOs, has been up and running.

It was not intended as a station open to the public, in but no one who calls in to talk to the officers is turned away .

Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said the force would look for another office “as close to Blackbird Leys as possible”.

All police property is currently under financial review.

He said: “A lot of our property is leased and obviously that costs more than if we own it ourselves.

“It’s an ongoing review and we will constantly be monitoring where we can look to make savings.”

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9:03pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

POLICE in Blackbird Leys are pushing for a replacement office on the estate.


Of course they are. They need/want somewhere to go and sit and skive off where they can drink tea and watch TV in peace. Wouldn't want to have them having to work the whole shift now would we.
POLICE in Blackbird Leys are pushing for a replacement office on the estate. Of course they are. They need/want somewhere to go and sit and skive off where they can drink tea and watch TV in peace. Wouldn't want to have them having to work the whole shift now would we. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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8:53am Tue 5 Feb 13

xjohnx says...

I tend to agree.

I want my police on the street, not manning Fort Blackbird.
I tend to agree. I want my police on the street, not manning Fort Blackbird. xjohnx
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1:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
POLICE in Blackbird Leys are pushing for a replacement office on the estate.


Of course they are. They need/want somewhere to go and sit and skive off where they can drink tea and watch TV in peace. Wouldn't want to have them having to work the whole shift now would we.
He said: “The IT inside the building was a factor. It wasn’t good enough.

Ah so that was what he meant Sandra. No Vrigin TIVO box, or Broadband.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: POLICE in Blackbird Leys are pushing for a replacement office on the estate. Of course they are. They need/want somewhere to go and sit and skive off where they can drink tea and watch TV in peace. Wouldn't want to have them having to work the whole shift now would we.[/p][/quote]He said: “The IT inside the building was a factor. It wasn’t good enough. Ah so that was what he meant Sandra. No Vrigin TIVO box, or Broadband. Grunden Skip
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2:24pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

Perhaps the PCC could do worse than spending a week in East Oxford with the Police and PCSOs, to find out first-hand just how much these people actually do within the communities - especially the sprawling mass of Blackbird and Greater Leys. Just because reported crime statistics are lower than several years ago, shouldn't be interpreted as a reason to close-down a Police Office - and if the Government wants to save money, how about getting rid of other MPs who might - like Chris Huhne - have been lying to everyone, for years? Each MP we get rid of means £60,000-plus per annum to spend on more Police, and more local Police Offices to benefit the ordinary, hard-working and honest Tax and Council Tax Payers - and do we really need two County Councillors per Ward, who (I understand) each receive allowances of around £8,000 per annum, when the whole of Oxford East only rates one MP?
Perhaps the PCC could do worse than spending a week in East Oxford with the Police and PCSOs, to find out first-hand just how much these people actually do within the communities - especially the sprawling mass of Blackbird and Greater Leys. Just because reported crime statistics are lower than several years ago, shouldn't be interpreted as a reason to close-down a Police Office - and if the Government wants to save money, how about getting rid of other MPs who might - like Chris Huhne - have been lying to everyone, for years? Each MP we get rid of means £60,000-plus per annum to spend on more Police, and more local Police Offices to benefit the ordinary, hard-working and honest Tax and Council Tax Payers - and do we really need two County Councillors per Ward, who (I understand) each receive allowances of around £8,000 per annum, when the whole of Oxford East only rates one MP? Myron Blatz
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