Final offers close on Hackney Police station
PUBLISHED: 18:19 11 October 2013 | UPDATED: 18:19 11 October 2013
Final offers on a former police station, which is said to be worth around £3million, were made today.
Grade-II listed Hackney police station, in Lower Clapton Road, Clapton, has been on the market since August - just over a month since it closed its doors at the end of July as part of a cost-cutting exercise by Mayor of London Boris Johnson .
The site is billed as a “development opportunity” with “residential development potential subject to the necessary consents”.
Knight Frank estate agent said it was unable to comment on the number of bids received so far.
The money from the sale will be ploughed back into the capital’s policing rather than into Hackney specifically.
Cllr Ian Rathbone said: “People feel that the police were doing things for them. The local safer neighbourhood team were based there and now they are all the way in Shacklewell. What makes it worse, is that this was an area of serious disturbance in 2011.
“Ideally you want police based as close to the area as possible for patrolling. Police will in years to come, think they have made a big mistake by selling that building.”
Although the number of crimes committed in the Chatham has fallen nine per cent from 1854 in 2011/12 to 1687 in 2012/13, it has the seventh highest crime rate in Hackney out of a total 19 wards.
Although the days that Clapton Road in Chatham used to be dubbed murder mile seem to be distant memory, several high profile murders have occurred on the borders of the ward this year including that of Jospeh Burke-Monerville and Lamarni Hylton-Reid.
Moreover, the riots in 2011 took place literally down the road in Mare Street.
A Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) spokesperson said: “The profits from the sale of Hackney police station will be ploughed back into frontline policing [in London].”