Plans are due to be submitted to build luxury flats on the site of Greenwich police station which was sold in 2015 during Boris Johnson’s time as Mayor.
Developers plan 63 flats at the site. Two blocks will surround a courtyard. The site faces onto Royal Hill and Greenwich Town Hall and claims inspiration from the town hall. Hmmmmm. It seems to lack much of the style or grace of Greenwich Borough Council’s 1939 structure.
Raised brick planters are seen and an example of so-called “defensible space” on the street edge.
These often become filthy to the detriment of the building and wider street. There’s a good example on Plumstead High Street and another I passed earlier in east Greenwich:
Two options are under consideration for brick colour after feedback from locals. Darker brick was the original choice:
Police station sell-offs
Cuts to the police budget in London from the Home Office since 2010 – which fund around 80% of police budgets – has seen many police stations sold in an attempt to maintain officer numbers. Under Boris Johnson Woolwich police station was also closed as was Sidcup and Belvedere.
Sadiq Khan has continued the strategy of closures including the front counter at Eltham.
However selling off buildings and cutting counters could only last so long and so cuts to officer numbers then took hold in London.
Other UK forces saw officer cuts long before London as they lacked the office sites to sell off. Some – such as Norfolk – now have the lowest numbers since 1968.
Central Government have now announced more funding for police but place much of the burden onto local council taxpayers instead of central government funds. Council tax is one of the most regressive forms of taxation in the UK with a disproportionate burden on low and mid-income households.