The only way to prevent this, or any other building being pulled down, is if it has a national listing, which in this case would be a Grade II.
Thanks to the hard work of Geoff Horsnell and others on the Wanstead Society Committee we have submitted an application form to English Heritage for just that purpose and hope that we can gain a Grade II listing for this much-treasured building. By doing so, the building will be saved for future generations to enjoy whether it is a police station or not.
Not only is it the only station in East London to have a working blue lamp outside, the station has recently appeared in Behind the Blue Lamp which is a book about the workings of police stations in London. In addition, the picturesque station adds to the village feel of our part of the world and is the only building still being used for the purpose that it was designed for back in 1886.
We hope that English Heritage listens to our concerns and that we can bring you some good news in the not too distant future.