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40 council homes could be built on Holloway police station site

Town Hall plans revealed as Mayor announces December closure

03 November, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Cllr Andy Hull: Closure ‘disappointing’

THE Town Hall hopes to build about 40 new council homes on the site of Holloway police station after the Mayor of London announced its closure as part of a wider cost-cutting measure this week.

With the loss of the station in Hornsey Road, the borough will have only one police station left – in Tolpuddle Street, a 45-minute walk away. Holloway police station will close by the end of December alongside 36 other police stations throughout London.

The controversial plans were confirmed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who said the closures were necessary to prevent cutting police numbers.

The closures would save £8million, he said, while money raised from selling the buildings would raise £165million.

The mayor has said that any developments on the sites of former police stations will focus on affordable housing.

According to statistics released by City Hall, an average of 1.1 crimes were reported daily at Holloway police station in May this year.

Labour community safety chief Councillor Andy Hull said: “It is disappointing that government cuts are forcing the Met to close Holloway police station. We would rather no police facilities were sold off, or any police front counters closed.”

He added: “The government is short-sightedly making the Met Police find £1bn of savings in the space of a decade, and, in that context, we understand the Met’s preference for disposing of buildings rather than losing vital police officers and staff.

“If the Met has to sell the building, the council wants to acquire it for the benefit of local people. Our plan for the site would be to develop 40 or so new council homes, so that this publicly-owned site is still used for public benefit. If it is to be developed for residential purposes, we want much-needed, genuinely affordable housing for local people, not luxury flats.”

Mr Khan said: “Cuts to policing budgets have left us with no choice but to take drastic action.”

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