WALTHAMSTOW: Police station put up for sale

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: WALTHAMSTOW: Police station put up for sale WALTHAMSTOW: Police station put up for sale

Walthamstow's only police station has been put up for sale.

The building in Forest Road has been closed since September 2011 when a mentally ill man broke in and set fire to it.

But earlier this summer the Met hinted it could not afford the estimated £100,000 repair bill and had moved staff to Chingford police station.

Now the force has confirmed the station will be sold off as part of a cost-cutting exercise, leaving E17 without a round-the-clock front counter service.

An advert for the building appeared in the property website Zoopla 24 hours before an official announcement.

A Met spokesman said: "The building is already vacant, having previously been under-occupied meaning it was larger than needed and costly to run and maintain.

James Pitman, chairman the nearby Winns Terrace Residents' Association, said he was very disappointed at news of the closure.

"When you have a local police station you get to know the officers and there’s very good communication with the residents, but this is taking that away," he said.

"It’s a great, beautiful building so you can bet it will probably be sold to a property developer and converted into flats.

"I understand the police are having to cut costs but they could have made much greater use of the building. You could rent out some of the space for community groups, events, training, not just for police use - it could have been a real community asset."

The news comes amid major financial pressures on the Met, which has an annual budget of £3.7 billion.

It needs to make cuts of £769 million between 2011 and 2015 in order to balance the books.

These plans include cutting its workforce by 3,280 - of which 1,410 are police officer posts.

It will consult the public on a proposal to close Scotland Yard in central London and move to a smaller headquarters in the Embankment.

Abdul Saddiqi, 38, of Pendleston Road in Walthamstow, was sentenced in May to detention at a mental health unit for carrying out the arson attack on the building.

Chingford Police Station in King's Head Hill remains the borough's only 24 hour station, while there are also branches in Kirkdale Road, Leytonstone, and Francis Road in Leyton.

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4:17pm Mon 29 Oct 12

GavinQ says...

Unbelievable...
Unbelievable... GavinQ

4:35pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Dave mp says...

What's the point of places like the Marlowe Road branch? I went to report something that was happening nearby and there was a sign on the door which basically says don't bother us. I knocked and although there were people inside, no one came to the door. I repeat, Whats the point?
What's the point of places like the Marlowe Road branch? I went to report something that was happening nearby and there was a sign on the door which basically says don't bother us. I knocked and although there were people inside, no one came to the door. I repeat, Whats the point? Dave mp

4:47pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Cornbeefur says...

This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow.

Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station!

The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go!

Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next
over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte?
This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow. Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station! The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go! Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte? Cornbeefur

7:16pm Mon 29 Oct 12

E17_er says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow.

Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station!

The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go!

Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next
over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte?
If only they could shut down your tedious glasses comments.

Maybe save it for when someone makes a comment saying they think closing police stations is a good thing?

Don't see any so far.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow. Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station! The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go! Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte?[/p][/quote]If only they could shut down your tedious glasses comments. Maybe save it for when someone makes a comment saying they think closing police stations is a good thing? Don't see any so far. E17_er

8:02pm Mon 29 Oct 12

stickmanny says...

I'm only this far away from suggesting closing police stations is a good idea...

the only thing keeping these posts coming is the inevitable replies can't you see that?
I'm only this far away from suggesting closing police stations is a good idea... the only thing keeping these posts coming is the inevitable replies can't you see that? stickmanny

10:41pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Cornbeefur says...

E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow.

Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station!

The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go!

Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next
over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte?
If only they could shut down your tedious glasses comments.

Maybe save it for when someone makes a comment saying they think closing police stations is a good thing?

Don't see any so far.
Staring in the mirror again?

Why would any Police Force (er..sorry service) Close down a Police Station, when in their area, we have unsolved Murders, rapes, robberies, violent (life changing) assaults?

Have you recently purchased a property in the area and become concerned about your negative equity?

I cannot understand how you cnnot view this closure as a bad thing (and I am a very astute person). You totally baffle me Sir!

How would anyone want their local Nick to be closed up for good? (Been there for a Hundred years or so?)

And you advocate the Cinema Granada remaining open for prosperity?

Does not make any sense.
[quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow. Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station! The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go! Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte?[/p][/quote]If only they could shut down your tedious glasses comments. Maybe save it for when someone makes a comment saying they think closing police stations is a good thing? Don't see any so far.[/p][/quote]Staring in the mirror again? Why would any Police Force (er..sorry service) Close down a Police Station, when in their area, we have unsolved Murders, rapes, robberies, violent (life changing) assaults? Have you recently purchased a property in the area and become concerned about your negative equity? I cannot understand how you cnnot view this closure as a bad thing (and I am a very astute person). You totally baffle me Sir! How would anyone want their local Nick to be closed up for good? (Been there for a Hundred years or so?) And you advocate the Cinema Granada remaining open for prosperity? Does not make any sense. Cornbeefur

11:59pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Techno3 says...

I am begining to wonder if E-17er and Cornbeefur might not be the same person arguing with himself.
I am begining to wonder if E-17er and Cornbeefur might not be the same person arguing with himself. Techno3

7:19am Tue 30 Oct 12

stickmanny says...

brilliant Holmes!
brilliant Holmes! stickmanny

8:49am Tue 30 Oct 12

E17_er says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote: This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow. Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station! The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go! Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte?
If only they could shut down your tedious glasses comments. Maybe save it for when someone makes a comment saying they think closing police stations is a good thing? Don't see any so far.
Staring in the mirror again? Why would any Police Force (er..sorry service) Close down a Police Station, when in their area, we have unsolved Murders, rapes, robberies, violent (life changing) assaults? Have you recently purchased a property in the area and become concerned about your negative equity? I cannot understand how you cnnot view this closure as a bad thing (and I am a very astute person). You totally baffle me Sir! How would anyone want their local Nick to be closed up for good? (Been there for a Hundred years or so?) And you advocate the Cinema Granada remaining open for prosperity? Does not make any sense.
Ah yes your ability to understand written text rises to the surface again as in lack thereof. As I have not suggested that the closing of the station is a good thing you are once again writing a large amount of nonsense on the premise of a false piece of information.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: This surely is the Death Knell for Crime ridden Walthamstow. Numerous unsolved major crimes, including at least 2 Murders, Rapes, Robberies, serious assaults and of course the fire by arson to er..... the Police Station! The answer from the Police? Shut up shop and go! Do those in the 'Village' around Orford Road still wander around wearing Cranberry Tinted Glasses, wondering where they should get their next over-priced over-expensive Minty Jus Latte?[/p][/quote]If only they could shut down your tedious glasses comments. Maybe save it for when someone makes a comment saying they think closing police stations is a good thing? Don't see any so far.[/p][/quote]Staring in the mirror again? Why would any Police Force (er..sorry service) Close down a Police Station, when in their area, we have unsolved Murders, rapes, robberies, violent (life changing) assaults? Have you recently purchased a property in the area and become concerned about your negative equity? I cannot understand how you cnnot view this closure as a bad thing (and I am a very astute person). You totally baffle me Sir! How would anyone want their local Nick to be closed up for good? (Been there for a Hundred years or so?) And you advocate the Cinema Granada remaining open for prosperity? Does not make any sense.[/p][/quote]Ah yes your ability to understand written text rises to the surface again as in lack thereof. As I have not suggested that the closing of the station is a good thing you are once again writing a large amount of nonsense on the premise of a false piece of information. E17_er

1:52pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Helen, Walthamstow says...

I'm going to upset several of the posters above when I ask just what value that huge, ageing, expensive and inconveniently sited building in Forest Road adds to local crime solution and reduction. In my view, the answer is nothing.

It was under-used for many years before the fire because methods employed in policing have changed dramatically. Everyone has a telephone now, even when out and about, so when did anyone last run down to the local station to report a crime? Why should anyone need a handful of rooms in an enormous police station to offer crime prevention advice? I would much rather police officers made themselves visible in local cafes during their tea breaks instead of hiking back to their home stations (much as that concept might upset cornbeefur).

That police station is redundant.

What does bother me is the planned reduction in the numbers of police officers and even in back room staff, wherever they end up being based. That is very much a political matter and our politicians on all levels should be taking it up.
I'm going to upset several of the posters above when I ask just what value that huge, ageing, expensive and inconveniently sited building in Forest Road adds to local crime solution and reduction. In my view, the answer is nothing. It was under-used for many years before the fire because methods employed in policing have changed dramatically. Everyone has a telephone now, even when out and about, so when did anyone last run down to the local station to report a crime? Why should anyone need a handful of rooms in an enormous police station to offer crime prevention advice? I would much rather police officers made themselves visible in local cafes during their tea breaks instead of hiking back to their home stations (much as that concept might upset cornbeefur). That police station is redundant. What does bother me is the planned reduction in the numbers of police officers and even in back room staff, wherever they end up being based. That is very much a political matter and our politicians on all levels should be taking it up. Helen, Walthamstow

2:14pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Isaythat says...

|Helen, I absolutely agree with you re police stations, but didn't want to be the one to say so. Why keep police behind a desk (I doubt that is wht they signed up for) when they could be driving or walking around the streets being seen to do something. As commented previously, they police on the street didn't see more crime because they prevented it by their presence. When need arises, I am amazed at the unmarked cars of all different types, suddenly visible. We need more police on the streets, not in offices doing unnecessary and expensive paperwork.
|Helen, I absolutely agree with you re police stations, but didn't want to be the one to say so. Why keep police behind a desk (I doubt that is wht they signed up for) when they could be driving or walking around the streets being seen to do something. As commented previously, they police on the street didn't see more crime because they prevented it by their presence. When need arises, I am amazed at the unmarked cars of all different types, suddenly visible. We need more police on the streets, not in offices doing unnecessary and expensive paperwork. Isaythat

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