One of 10 fire stations shut by Boris Johnson while he was Mayor of London is to be converted into luxury flats – by a company whose directors include a Tory donor.

Belsize fire station, which was closed in 2014 after 100 years of service to the local community, will be turned into 16 apartments, the Camden New Journal have reported.

Vulcan Property Ltd, which bought the grade II listed building from the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) for £7.8 million, was given planning permission for the flats this week.

Scrapbook has found that Electoral Commission records show one of the company’s three directors, William Richard Woodward-Fisher, made a £2000 donation to a Conservative association in 2005.

Camden Council’s planning committee gave the scheme the go ahead this week, but at a previous meeting local councillor Flick Rea said: “It is patently clear that we did actually need this fire station.”

 

  • Firefighters at the station rescued a man from a fire in a block of flats on the same morning that the station was closed.

  • Last year a house just a 20 second drive away from the station was destroyed by a blaze. The owner of the house told the Camden New Journal“If Belsize was open, the response time would have been quicker. There is not even a conversation about that. It’s a 20-second drive away…I want to praise the firefighters but criticise the politicians that closed Belsize.”

  • And the closure of the fire station was blamed for the death of a pensioner who died after jumping from his burning flat. Here’s the ITV news report from the time…

 

The fact that two flats in the new development are allocated for social housing will be of little comfort to those paying the price for Johnson’s closures.

Especially given that Tory supporters are now profiting as a consequence of his deadly cuts…

  1. Tories have literally got away with manslaughter to date but maybe it will not be as easy to get off the hook with the mass manslaughter, that took place in Glengell Tower Block?

    Why does it take so long for so many people to realise that greed is an abomination and costs lives?

  2. Should we be surprised by this, not surprisingly also Johnson’s silence is deafening on this issue, he has much to answer for!

  3. Horace Sutherland says:

    Johnson must be arrested for putting lives at risk money before peoples lives.that is what it is all about

  4. Horace Sutherland says:

    Johnson must be arrested for putting lives at risk money before peoples lives.that is what it is all about MONEY

  5. Maureen Berry says:

    In the light of recent events this fire station, if it has to be converted to flats, must be converted entirely Social Housing flats.

  6. Dean Reynolds says:

    You couldn’t make it up that’s why we need this evil self and privileged serving joke of a party out now people! We have a PM that is beyond incompitamt and has all the companion of a hemoroide . And in my opinion is the worst PM in our history to date pure scum shmoozing the rich and shitting on the poor .

  7. Johnson put people’s lives in danger and Risk .because of him so many lost lives and houses and lovedones .

  8. Tories. Take from the state what isn’t theirs, and sell it below value to themselves. They don’t even try to hide it anymore, they’re that staggeringly arrogant.

  9. Theres alway money in the coffers for MP,s pay rises though.
    What an ill divided country we live in

  10. Marguerite mcintyre says:

    When are the people of this country waken up and recognise this government for the greedy, rotten and malicious shower of crooks they are. They should all be serving the country instead of bleeding us dry.

  11. Once again you lot voted them in, maybe that would halve been the time to get them out instead of moaning after the fact

  12. Barry Goodall says:

    Someone made a donation to a political party twelve-and-a-half years ago?
    Wow, conclusive proof of corruption.

  13. Mike Bartram says:

    Left Behind

    Most of them are just social climbers.
    Most of them are just pocket liners.
    Whatever colour there rosettes glow.
    I lost my trust in most along time ago

    Be them centre ground, far left or right.
    They serve themselves day and night.
    The decent ones few and far between.
    The rest may as well be one big team.

    Just in it for themselves so often I find.
    While ‘the man in street’ is left behind.
    That ‘man in the street’ I’m proud to be.
    But most politicians mainly overlook me.

  14. George Kearton says:

    I mis-read this and for one delicious and surreal moment thought that Boris Johnson was being turned into luxury flats….

  15. Perhaps people need to do a little research and find out how often this fire station was actually used and also how close the nearest is to it.

  16. It is a lovely building, Listed and Grade II. And a thatched roof – which is slightly odd for a fire station. The insurance would be very high. HOWEVER, to close it down and NOT REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER VERY CLOSE BY WAS, TO SAY THE LEAST, UTTERLY STUPID, AND DICING WITH LIFE AND DEATH. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A CONDITION OF ITS CLOSURE, BUT HEAD UP HIS A – – E BORIS WOULDN’T HAVE GIVEN IT A THOUGHT. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THERE ARE MANY FIRESTATIONS IN BUILT UP AREAS – IF ONE PROPERTY GOES UP, OTHERS NEARBY ARE IN DIRE DANGER. OK. WE ARE HARD UP, WE ARE TOLD?????? BUT YOU SIMPLY CANNOT HAVE TOO MANY FIRESTATIONS. I HOPE THE REST THAT IGNORANT BORIS CLOSED ARE WELL SERVICED BY OTHERS CLOSE BY.

  17. It is a lovely building, Listed and Grade II. And a thatched roof – which is slightly odd for a fire station. The insurance would be very high. HOWEVER, to close it down and NOT REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER VERY CLOSE BY WAS, TO SAY THE LEAST, UTTERLY STUPID, AND DICING WITH LIFE AND DEATH. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A CONDITION OF ITS CLOSURE, BUT HEAD UP HIS A – – E BORIS WOULDN’T HAVE GIVEN IT A THOUGHT. I HOPE THE REMAINDER HE CLOSED ARE WELL SERVICED CLOSE BY.

  18. Saw Boris on who do you think you are. His ancestors were Turkish(if I remember right), brigands tearing across Europe brandishing their sabres. Reckon he still has the same mentality. Thinks he’s galloping lacrosse the steppes crushing us peasants. Not a buffoon. A liying bastard without a consciuonce

  19. Pamela Cottrell, you obviously know nothing about Belsize Fire Station because it very definitely doesn’t have a thatched roof!
    The London Fire Commissioner says in The Sunday Times today he “rejected claims that the fire service had been left short-staffed as a result of deep cuts to frontline services” and “the fire service had been able to cope with the reduction in funding because the number of fires had reduced significantly over the past ten years”. And being listed ensures it will remain a lovely, listed Grade ll building – unless you think Boris has some sway there too?

  20. Lawrence, are you sure that everyone involved in the “mass manslaughter” that you mention are Tories?

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