Kenley and Norbury police stations are both being formally put up for sale next week (2 September), according to a statement from the Borough Commander. The statement goes on to say 'At a time when we have to make major financial savings, the Met has to change the way it operates - not only to make us more efficient but also make us the best police service possible.'
The sale of these buildings is part of the most significant transformation of the police estate across London in the history of the Met. Both police stations, along with South Norwood police station, have been closed to the public since 18 August and are no longer operational.
The changes will help to save on running costs and sell properties that are no longer required; allowing the Met to invest in modern facilities that are fit for officers, staff and the public.
This will not impact on our ability to deliver local policing. London's communities are at the heart of what we do. We will have more officers out on the streets, working daily in local neighbourhoods.
Cllr Simon Hoar, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection said:
"Whilst I understand that some members of the public will be concerned that the changes will make the police harder to contact, I have received assurances from the Met that they are 100% committed to ensuring the new contact points will make their teams even more accessible. What matters most to residents is the number of police actually on the streets and I am delighted that the 117 new officers promised by London mayor Boris Johnson are now arriving".
Croydon Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent David Musker said:
"The buildings we are selling in Croydon no longer meet our needs for 21st-century policing - they are expensive to run and are not fit for purpose. Their sale will help the Met meet some of the significant financial savings we are required to make over the next couple of years.
"We will be changing the way we operate here in Croydon in the autumn under the Local Policing Model and these operational changes will mean that we are able to deliver a better service for Croydon's communities.
"I want to reassure the public that the closure of these stations will not mean a drop in service. We will have deployment bases in the north, centre and south of the borough. We have recently opened a new public front counter service at Berin Underwood House in Windmill Road and we have five public contact points across the borough, as well as the 24/7 front counter service at Croydon police station."
The front counter facilities at South Norwood and Kenley closed to the public on 18 August. The front counter at Norbury police station relocated to Norbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team base, which is now open as a public contact point every Wednesday and Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Full details of opening hours for all front counter and public contact points are available at www.met.police.uk/croydon.