What is happening?
In 2017, The Metropolitan Police announced that Teddington Police Station was scheduled for closure. In August 2021, Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, confirmed that the site would be marketed for sale. The site is currently being advertised for sale on the open market.
Munira believes the building should be retained for community use.
Specifically, Teddington’s Park Road Surgery urgently needs a new home, and there is a desperate need for more affordable housing for local key workers and young people who have been priced out of the housing market in our area.
The sale of this precious site provides a rare opportunity to transform a publicly owned building into a community asset with health services fit for the 21st century.
What is Munira doing?
Munira launched a petition that has attracted over 2,100 signatures. You can add your name here.
Munira and Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, first wrote to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in February 2022 calling for the site to be retained for community use. This was followed by another letter on 14 March. You can see copies of the letters further below.
On 23 March, Munira’s campaign received a boost when Sophie Linden told Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, that MOPAC is seeking fresh legal advice on whether social value can be taken into consideration in the sale of the site. This is very encouraging news, following the debates Munira held in Parliament on this issue. On 3 May, Munira and Gareth Roberts wrote to Sophie Linden calling on MOPAC to publish the legal advice.
Most recently, on 8 June, Munira secured agreement from Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, that the Bill should include a provision that public sector owned assets can be sold below market value for social and community benefit.
- 14 March: Wrote to Mayor again requesting urgent meeting.
- 7 March: Called on Michael Gove to put pressure on the Mayor.
- 3 March: Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly, handed our petition over to the Mayor of London.
- 23 February: Munira secured confirmation from Minister Neil O’Brien that there is nothing in law or guidance that includes a specific requirement for MOPAC to dispose of land at market value.
- 8 February: Launched petition (here).
- 4 February: Wrote to Mayor requesting urgent meeting (here).