Meeting London’s Current and Future Policing Needs (Supplementary) [14]

Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Question

Then I just wanted to clarify the situation on Westminster and police stations, since Murad [Qureshi] raised it.  My understanding is that Westminster will be like a Belgravia, West End Central and Paddington Green, is that right?

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  Sorry?

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  The City of Westminster will have three stations in the plan, which is Belgravia, West End Central and Paddington Green, will remain.

Answer

Answer for Meeting London’s Current and Future Policing Needs (Supplementary) [14]

Answer for Meeting London’s Current and Future Policing Needs (Supplementary) [14]

Answered By: 
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

There is a fusion of two things.  One is what was the old Police Authority, now the Deputy Mayor and Mayor, because they own the estate, how do we want to manage it, and on 16 December then the management board is seeing the latest list of proposals.  That is around how far the disposals have got - we have heard about one today - and the second thing is, what are we going to do with the two-thirds we keep?  Because the sad reality, as you said, there has been a lot of claiming of some of the benefits of some of the selling; however the sad reality is, over the last 50 years, there has not been much investment in the police estate.  Therefore, what we are asking for is a list of what are we going to do about the old estate to improve it, do we need to move buildings because some of them are in the wrong places, and the final thing is, the two-thirds of the estate that we keep, to get them up to a good standard so that the staff who work there and the public who visit are proud of them and not, frankly, in some cases embarrassed.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  Therefore those three stations in particular, you are saying nothing is decided?

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  I honestly do not know.  I think when we will have a better idea from the police perspective, because obviously there is a separation requirement, post 16 December.

 

Kit Malthouse AM:  OK.  Great, thank you.