In an effort to save money – and a pretty big effort at that Scotland Yard the largest Police headquarters in the country in Victoria, central London could be sold to help put £500million back into the coffers over the next two years.
A third of the MET’s estate is on the cards to be sold off and there are already five police stations that have received the go-ahead to be put on the market including London stations in Richmond, Willesden Green, Highbury Vale, Walthamstow and south Norwood.
With Scotland Yard costing around £11million a year to run it will be a huge saving. The 60s building also needs an overhaul to suit the needs of a modern policing unit so a newer, cheaper to run building will be found.
Although the effort to make savings is a good and needed one it does seem that we should be slightly concerned about loosing heritage buildings such as this in the name of budget cuts.
Scotland Yard has an enormous amount of history attached to it since the Police bought it in 1967 and he Police, although they often get a bad rap here and there do do a great job keeping our city safe. They need to have the resources to continue to do that to the best of their ability.
See some of the images through the years below (courtesy of the MET)