Thirty-five police buildings, 20 of them police stations, were sold last year for a combined swag of £125m. Stations include Harrow Road, St John’s Wood, Clapham and Hackney. And apparently this is just the start of a process in which the Met will continue to close costly stations and replace them with “contact points”. Unsurprisingly, it’s a controversial plan, but in the face of budget cuts it’s not entirely surprising. Officials point to (just) five sites that will be turned into schools and colleges as evidence of properties retaining social value. The majority of sites, however, have gone to developers for private housing.
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