Closure of police stations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0251
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Is the Mayor aware that a recent death at an illegal all-night rave took place within a former police station in Stockwell? Is he concerned that leaving former police premises empty opens the way to squatters (as in Hampstead) and illegal all-nighters? Is he also concerned that by removing the public manifestation of police presence through police station closures an increasingly proletarianised police service will be perceived to have only a street-level role rather than as a key role within the community?

Answer

Answer for Closure of police stations

Answer for Closure of police stations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I share your concern about the issue of illegal night raves.

MOPAC no longer owns the property referred to.

As part of the MOPAC/MPS Estates Strategy, we have disposed of buildings surplus to requirements and are using the funds generated to reinvest in the infrastructure required to support front line policing. Whilst we endeavour to dispose of properties as soon as they are vacated, there can be delays. All reasonable steps are routinely taken in such circumstances to properly secure these buildings and to protect them against any form of inappropriate incursion.