Thursday, 7 October 2010
Quite a handsome looking building isn't it? This former police station, in Leytonstone, east London, is a listed building which has been boarded up for three years. It is now on the market for £800,000 and the estate agents expect it to sell for more than £1 million. The deadline for sealed bids is tomorrow.
However, now the sale can't go ahead. About 20 unemployed squatters and their dogs have moved into the derelict three-storey building last week and changed the locks. They told local shopkeepers they plan to start up a community centre and provide shelter for the homeless.
A cafe owner is furious at the waste of police funds. He said: "The police moved to a new station, which is rented, in the town centre. Every day they are losing money on this. It is ridiculous."
Will anyone be held responsible for allowing a building to sit empty for three years? Surely the police, of all people, should have been alert to the possibility of squatters. Then again, it's not their own money they're losing, so what does it matter.