Sale of Highbury police station confirmed

Concerns over policing in Islington grew this week as the sale of a station was confirmed.

Highbury Vale Police Station, in Blackstock Road, has been earmarked for sale as the met look to save �500million. The station is home to four safer neighbourhoods teams which may now move to a new office attached to Holloway Fire Station, in Hornsey Road.

Cllr Terry Stacy, who represents Highbury East ward, said: “People are worried what is going to appear instead of the police station – but the Met won’t have that conversation.”

A police spokesman said: “Our aim is to improve the policing across the borough for the long term.”

Some of our police stations provide poor working conditions for staff, are inefficient for modern day policing and are being replaced by more modern, efficient and geographically responsive facilities.

“The MPS is reviewing the whole of the property estate to ensure we are making best use of it and identifying efficiency savings that can be reinvested into operational policing.

“As part of this we are looking at police estate requirements in Islington. and looking at our property requirements is a key part of this.

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“We have put a proposal regarding Highbury Vale Police Station to the MOPAC for their initial consideration and it has been given approval for release. The building is already vacant, having previously been under-occupied that meant it was larger than needed and costly to run and maintain”.