MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Local MP Lynne Featherstone, along with Highgate councillor and Lib Dem Group Leader Neil Williams, is to raise concerns over Highgate policing at this week’s meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA).
The two, along with other local councillors and residents, will be pressing for greater cross-borough co-operation over policing in Highgate following increasing concerns over crime among local residents.
Ms Featherstone and Cllr Williams say that because the area is split between three London boroughs (Haringey, Camden and Islington), Highgate is often last in line for initiatives such as Safer Neighbourhoods scheme despite the crime problem. No single borough will put the Highgate area forward for a Safer Neighbourhood team, even though its policing needs are the same as those in other areas.
Lynne Featherstone comments:
“I hope the Police Authority will listen to these concerns. Solutions to policing in neighbourhoods that cross borough boundaries are being tried out in other parts of London and it is time such initiatives were brought forward in Highgate.”
Cllr Neil Williams adds:
“Residents are increasingly concerned about crime in the Highgate area. I hope we can work with other local councillors who represent the wider area to push for more police resources in Highgate. We certainly need our own dedicated policing team covering the whole of the Highgate area and that is what we will be pressing for this week.”