Stephen Knight AM: Fire station redevelopment should be for social purposes

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London Assembly Lib Dem, Stephen Knight has been praised for his stance against the Mayor's plans to sell-off the fire stations he has closed - despite public protest. Lib Dems say the sites should be redeveloped for the good of local communities.

Now that the Mayor has, despite protests,  closed these fire stations, Guardian Blogger, Dave Hill has written an article on the different parties' views on the redevelopment of these sites. He says:

"Liberal Democrat AM Stephen Knight, is critical of what he calls the “eleventh hour” timing of Mayor Johnson’s move, but supports the principle of former fire and police stations being used to meet community need for such as affordable housing and schools. He’d like these land assets developed “both for social purposes and as a much-needed source of ongoing revenue income”, the latter being Transport for London’s approach. He’s against them being quickly sold for lump sums, which is the option preferred by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, albeit with one or two interesting exceptions.

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These are genuine dilemmas and Knight’s template for resolving them seems to me to be the right one. But what a pity they arise at all. "

Hackney Lib Dems were part of the cross-community effort to fight the closure of London fire stations - including one of our own on Kingsland Road, but Boris and the Tories at City Hall ignored local residents despite a huge petition.