Munira Wilson and Cllr Gareth Roberts call for Teddington Police Station to be retained for community use and affordable housing
Munira Wilson MP and Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, have written to London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for the site of the former Teddington Police Station to be retained for community use. The site is currently being advertised for sale on the open market.
“When the announcement was made that Teddington Police Station was to be closed, I fought to keep it open, as part of my broader efforts to hold the Government to account on its promises of more police officers on our streets,” says Munira. “Now that Teddington Police Station is for sale, we must ensure that we maximise the social and community benefit of the site– not just sell to the highest bidder.”
Munira and Cllr Roberts wrote to Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, in September 2021 expressing concern about the impact that the closure would have on crime in our local area. They have now sent a letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for the site to be retained for community use – specifically, to re-house a local doctor’s surgery, and to ensure more affordable housing for local key workers and young people who have been priced out of the housing market in our area.
The selling of Teddington Police Station is part of a broader trend across London. According to a recent article in the Evening Standard, around 100 stations with front counters closed in London between 2012 and 2017, as part of cost-cutting measures by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC). Munira is among other MPs calling for the Mayor to retain these sites as community assets.