A Nice Little Earner Boris

This one is for all you Larndarners, NORF, SARF, it doesn’t really matter cos Boris has sold you out anyway.

I’ve blogged before about MOPAC selling off the family silver, most recently NSY has gone, as you will have heard.

Well if any of you are interested in what has been happening to the Met’s Estate then read on, if not, duck out now.

Below are details of the Met’s properties that have been sold off 2013 up until end of August this year. I don’t know if NSY has completed yet, but it doesn’t seem to feature yet.

Name of site
disposed of
Address &
Postcode
Value of
sale,
£’000
Purchaser
name and description
Expected new use Public Access
Prior to
Closure (Y/N)
Julian
Headon House – Office
West Hendon
Broadway, Edgware, Hendon, NW9
7AL
£3,250 Torah
Vochesed
Buildings Ltd
Private school for
Jewish community
N
Spring Court –
Residential
35 Station Road,
Sidcup, DA15
7EA
£1,149 Mr PJ and
Mrs BT Sherlock
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
N
Kingsbury
Police Office
5 The Mall,
Kenton, Middlesex, HA3
9TF
£500 Bellway
Homes Ltd
Comprehensive
redevelopment for residential
N
Walthamstow Former Police Station 360 Forest Road, London, E17 5JQ £1,006 E17 Met Ltd Refurbishment / redevelopment for residential Y
Richmond
Former Police
Station
8 Red Lion Street,
Richmond,
Surrey, TW9 1RW
£2,700 Snowfinch
LLP
Ground floor
commercial, upper floors residential
N
Kingsground –
Residential
1-11 Kingsground
and
134-144 Eltham
Hill,
Eltham, SE9 5ED
£1,271 Wilson
Homes
(London) Ltd
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
N
Hanwell
Former Police
Station
169 Uxbridge
Road,
Ealing, W7 3TH
£950 Octo
Investments
Ltd
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
N
Amelia Street
– Light
Industrial
2-16 Amelia
Street, Walworth, London, SE17
3PY
£3,400 Family
Mosaic Home Ownership Ltd
Comprehensive
redevelopment for residential
N
St John’s
Wood Former
Police Station
20 Newcourt
Street, London, NW8
7AA
£8,555 Newcourt
Property
Holdings Ltd
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
Y
Mackenzie
Trench House
– Residential
363 Lillie Road
London, SW6
7PD
£3,250 Cherwell (Lillie Road) Ltd. Refurbishment / redevelopment for residential N
3-5
Radbourne
Road – Office
3-5 Radbourne
Road
London, SW12
0EA
£1,115 Radbourne
DCP Ltd.
Comprehensive
redevelopment for residential
N
Willesden
Green Former
Police Station
965 High Road
London, NW10
£2,550 Gargreen
Ltd.
Comprehensive
redevelopment for residential
Y
Winchmore
Hill Former
Police Station
687 Green Lanes
London , N21
£900 AMC Trust Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
Y
Leyton
Former Police
Station
215 Francis Road
London, E10
£1,250 Uptime
Properties
Ltd.
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
Y
Harold Hill
Former Police
Station
Gooshays Drive
London, RM3
£1,625 Lidl UK GmbH Redevelopment for retail N
1-8 Park Close, Windsor – Residential Brook Street
Old Windsor, SL4
£2,250 The Crown
Estate
Refurbishment / redevelopment for residential N
Battersea
Former Police
Station
112-118
Battersea Bridge
Road
London, SW11
£6,000 Linden
Limited
Comprehensive
redevelopment for residential
Y
Connaught
Gardens – Residential
Connaught
Gardens 5-9 & Flats 10-27
London, N10 3LH
£9,150 Pantheon
Services Limited & Muswell Limited
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
N
Clapham
Former Police
Station
51 Union Grove
London
SW8 2QU
£4,500 Lexadon
(Union Grove) Limited
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
Y
Muswell Hill
Former Police
Station
115 Fortis Green
London
N2 9HW
£3,525 Station
House (Muswell Hill) Limited
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
Y
East Ham
Former Police Station & Section
House
4 High Street
South London E6 6ES
£3,350 London
Design and Engineering UTC
Education Y
Brockley
Former Police
Station
4 Howson Road
London
SE4 2AS
£2,050 Holbrook
Investments
Limited
Refurbishment /
redevelopment for residential
Y
Chadwell
Heath Former
Police Station
14 Wangey Road
Chadwell Heath
Essex
RM6 4AJ
£1,000 Al Huda
Welfare
Foundation
Education / community N
Orpington
Former Police
Station
The Walnuts
Orpington
BR6 0TW
£2,307 Berkeley
Homes (Eastern Counties) Limited
Comprehensive
redevelopment for residential / health care
Y
Hackney
Former Police
Station
2 Lower Clapton
Road Hackney E5 0PA
£7,600 Tauheedul
Free School
Trust
Education Y
Whetstone
Former Police
Station
1170-1172 High
Road London N20 0LW
£4,150 Alma
Primary
Education Y
Golders Green Police Station 1069 Finchley
Road London NW11 0QE
£5,312 Derbyhaven
Services
Ltd., & Ellora Enterprises Ltd., & Adria Services Ltd.
Residential / community Y
Harrow Road
Police Station
325 Harrow Road,
London
W9 3RD
£9,000 Redrow
Homes Ltd.
Residential Y
Wanstead
Police Station
Spratt Hall Road,
Wanstead, London, E11 2RQ
£1,635 Sunil Kumar
Goel &
Ajanta Gupta
Residential Y
East Dulwich
(New) Police
Station
173-183 Lordship
Lane London SE22 8HA
£6,400 Harris
Federation
Education Y
South Norwood Police Station 11 Oliver Grove
London
SE25 6ED
£2,300 Secretary of State for Communities
and Local
Government
Education Y
Barnes Green
Police Office
96-102 Station
Road Barnes SW13 0NG
£10,005 Berkeley
Homes (Central London) Limited
Residential N
Pan London
Residential
Various £4,128 Various Residential N
Highgate
Police Station
407-409 Archway
Road London N6 4NW
3,575 Bellway
Homes
Limited
Residential N
Barking
Police Station
6 Ripple Road,
Barking
IG11 7PE
925.00 Resco
Investments
Limited
Residential Y
Wealdstone
Police Station
74 High Street
Wealdstone
HA3 7AF
950.00 Meso
Investment
LLP
Residential N
Marylebone
Police Station
1-9 Seymour Street London
W1H 7BA
3,000 Seymour Street Nominees Limited &
Berkeley Street Nominees Limited
c/o The Portman Estate
Mixed use redevelopment Y
Tabor Grove 22 Tabor Grove
Wimbledon
SW19 4EB
1,635 Southpoint
Capital
Limited
Residential/office N
Hampstead
Police Station
26 Rosslyn Hill
London
NW3 1PD
14,105 The
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Education Y
West Drayton
Police Station
Station Road
Hillingdon
UB7 7JQ
2,200 Area Estates
Limited
Residential N
Chalk Farm
Garage
5-17 Haverstock
Hill London NW3 3NN
2,000 Cambridge
Gate Properties Limited
Residential/retail N
Sydenham
Police Station
179 Dartmouth
Road London SE26 4RN
1,455 Sydenham
PS Limited
Residential Y
Norbury
Police Station
1516 London Rd.
Norbury
SW16 4ES
940.00 Norbury PS
Limited
Residential Y
Pan London
Residential
Various 3,957 Various Residential N

 

Now my basic abacus makes this just shy of £124 million.

Is is worth it?  Is that really enough to make a difference.  Where on earth are all your lockers and kit going going to be? Back room as Tesco (other supermarkets are available)?

In addition to this there are also plans to sell the following in the next year or so;

Chelsea Police Station

Buckingham Gate

A 5 metre wide strip of land on Isle of Dogs (god knows what that is)

Residential Property Treetops, 4A The Drive, George Road, Coombe Hill, Kingston, Surrey.   I have no idea who used to live here, but no.2 sold in 2009 for £3.75 MILLION, so not a PC I’m guessing.

treetops  TREETOPS

Residential Property 17 Canonbury Park North.

Buckingham Gate, who could forget Buckingham Gate??  I don’t know if the County Forces have the equivalent, a dedicated Feeding Centre for those on Aid to Central London etc.  A fantastic building with great atmosphere, catering staff would always greet you with a smile and a cheery comment, no matter what the time of day, although they did sometimes give us curry for breakfast, but who cared?  A great place to swap your Beat Duty Helmet for somebody else’s if yours was a bit tired (allegedly) and those a little older than me inform me that it was the building in which the official enquiry into the sinking of the Titanic was held.  So not short on history either, but let’s just sell it off.

So there you go Londoners, a little bit more history goes down the pan, and will it REALLY help.  It sounds like a lot of money to us, but set against the operating budget for the MPS is it?

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11 thoughts on “A Nice Little Earner Boris

  1. Shouldn’t get attached to a building of course but I am saddened by this as I have served at several of them, JW, JL, DS, DR, DM, JN, JH. I see JS is not in list though that must have sold off earlier. Not forgetting several SQ’s not in the list and sold off Married Qrtrs (we bought a Job house at full market value (like fools) in the late ’80’s). There isn’t much left. BTW DS address was 20 & 1/2 Newcourt Street. Some small police stations back in the day had the 1/2 for reasons I cannot remember. 🙂

  2. Thinking about it deeper, on J the residents in the south of the Borough near Stratford are getting short changed here, now that JL, JW and JS are gone. Unless there has been rebuilding in the time since I left, they are getting policed from Chingford, that is an awful long way away. I suppose it’s only right and proper that the middle classes of JC are catered for first. ;-/

  3. I seem to remember that the keys to the married quarters were kept in the Station Office. I was Station Officer one day when a very senior officer came to collect some keys. I then found out that there was separate accomodation for them and us. Used to live at the flats in Kingsground, Eltham. Best commute to work ever, just a short walk up the hill to Eltham (RD?).

  4. I recognise that these changes will upset some people because they were places to which they have had happy memories; however I’m struggling to get too worked up about this. The reality is the deficit and the deficit is the reality. The central issue here is when the public pay for policing where does the money go? I met someone from the Taxpayers Alliance who told me “I want the money for policing to go to policing and not to property management!” You may disagree with her but it’s harder not to say that she has a valid point of view.

    The next government of whatever political view will have to keep cuttting the deficit and will do so, in part, by shrinking the cost of public services. In so far as there is a difference between left and right parties – the right of centre parties believe in a small public service as an ideological point of view – the left believe in a larger public service (oft forgotten fact is that the last Labour administration increased public expenditure on the police by 50% in real terms) – and the current administration want to shrink expenditure back to the level of the last Conservative Government under John
    Major.

    This was the issue that the Police Federation both failed to grasp and failed to address in sucessive Conferences. It will be interesting to see the impact of their own process of reform under Normington and whether they can present a better case.

    NB – you may be about to address this in a blog, but I notice that when the Fed Chairman was before the Select Committee this week. He pointed out that the Federation paid £9m in legal fees in defending the membership last year. He was questioned about Federation support for James Patrick. His response was that, provided Mr Patrick was paying his Federation subscriptions at the time of any alleged incidents he was entitled to Federation support. This appears to be an ongoing issue.

    • Regarding James Patrick, he will make his own decisions and take his own course of action. If he feels that he is due some Federation funding I’m sure he will apply for it in the normal way.

      Regarding the lady from the Taxpayers’ Alliance, I can only agree with her (and possibly yourself) partially. The nature of Policing requires buildings, much more goes on within a Police Station than charging prisoners and much of it is not suitable for a Portacabin in a supermarket car park. We come back to the Reform vs Destruction argument. I can support Rationalisation of the Estate but to sell off too much is plain folly. There are already rumours afoot that the Met’s new HQ is not big enough now that NSY has been sold off.

      Part of the Police’s service to the public requires buildings and accessible ones. Closing Police Stations and Front Counters might produce a few pounds but does nothing to improve the quality of service provided to the Public. Others are entitled to hold an opposing view, but that is mine.

  5. Mirrors & smoke?

    Mirror: the navy have an aircraft carrier with no aircraft & the police have officers with no station

    Smoke: none without a fire & future riots without officers stationed in the vicinity to quell any

    Keira re Fed: rearguard (re)action?
    Home Affairs Committee, Oral evidence: College of Policing, HC 800
    Tuesday 9 December 2014

    Q124 Paul Flynn: Police Constable James Patrick was the whistleblower who wrote a blog, and later a book, exposing the way that crime figures were falsified by the Met police. He has left the police now, but there is a possibility that there might be repercussions as far as his previous conduct was concerned. As he is a former member of the Federation, will the Federation be defending him in any action taken?
    Steve White: If he was a subscribing member at the time of the allegations, then he would be represented and entitled to representation; certainly representation, yes.

    http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-committee/college-of-policing/oral/16249.html
    http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=16780&st=15:37:30

  6. Thank you Ideb8 for providing the full quote and links – when Bernard Jenkin MP reported to Parliament on the James Patrick allegations he said that the “most shameful” aspect of the affair was the failure of the Police Federation to support to PC Patrick.

    At the time both Alan and I stated we would like to know the Federation’s reasoning in their apprent failure to give support.

    In that context the statement from Steve White is helpful; the preceding questioning had included the disclosure that the Federation had spent £9 million that year on getting the best legal support to their members. Steve White’s statement that (providing he was subscribing member at the time of the allegations) he would be represented and, in fact, such representation would be his entitlement.

    Not for the first time we are being asked whether we believe the word of a Conservative Member of Parliament or the word of the Police Federation.

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