Hostile Vehicle Mitigation in London’s Ceremonial Footprint

Reference code: 
PCD 311
Date signed: 
24 January 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The Government have agreed to provide £5.25 to fund permanent hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) measures around venues to be used for this year’s Commonwealth Summit. This will be from the Home Office Special Grant.

 

This is in response to a request from the MPS for £7m funding to complete work fitting HVM measures across the whole of the London’s Ceremonial Footprint – the Westminster Ceremonial Streetscape Project.

 

The £5.25m funding will be passed from MOPAC to Westminster Council for completion of the works and is only available in 2017-18. Home Office propose to provide 80% (£4.2m) of this funding in the first instance with the remainder being made available at the point of need.

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to approve receipt of a £5.25m Special Grant payment in 2017-18 from the Home Office for contribution to the Westminster Street Scape Project and to in turn provide a grant to Westminster Council for the same amount. £4.2m of this funding will be made available in the first instance with the remaining £1.05m made available at the point of need.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The Home Office and MPS are preparing for The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) in London on 16th April 2018. This will bring together Heads of State from across the Commonwealth. As part of these preparations the MPS have made a bid to Home Office Special Grant for funding to install permanent hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) measures around London’s Ceremonial Footprint which will host many of the venues used in the CHOGM. This includes Green Park, St James Park, Westminster and Buckingham Palace, an area which contains many government buildings and other state buildings and hosts around 700 events per year. 

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    Home Office have agreed to provide £5.25m of funding in 2017-18, £4.2m in the first instance with the remaining £1.05m paid at the point of need. The funding is needed by Westminster Council to pay for the instillation of the HVM measures. Since Special Grant funding can only be paid to Police and Crime Commissioners, the Home Office propose passing this funding to MOPAC, who in turn pass it on to Westminster Council.

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    See above

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    The grant agreement will be between MOPAC and Westminster Council but this will mirror the conditions attached to the funding determined by the Home Office.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    NA

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    NA
 


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