‘We want to save our po­lice sta­tion’

COUN­CIL MAKES £4.5M BID TO BUY BUILD­ING AND SAVE UXBRIDGE PO­LICE STA­TION FROM THE CHOP

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

UXBRIDGE Po­lice Sta­tion could be saved af­ter a last­minute bid from Hilling­don Coun­cil to buy the build­ing and pay half the run­ning costs.

The sta­tion was ear­marked for clo­sure by the Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan in a bid to re­duce the size of Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s es­tate, mak­ing sav­ings on run­ning costs and gen­er­at­ing rev­enue from sales.

The sta­tion’s front counter, along with oth­ers across Lon­don, closed to the pub­lic on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 14.

Later that same day, in a coun­cil meet­ing at the Civic Cen­tre, coun­cil Leader Ray Pud­di­foot of­fered to pur­chase the build­ing for £4.5 mil­lion in or­der to keep it open.

He also pledged a grant of £250,000 a year to cover half of the run­ning costs of the War­wick Place sta­tion.

“We were in­formed that the build­ing had an es­ti­mated value of £4.5 mil­lion and that run­ning costs were £460,000 per year,” he said af­ter the meet­ing.

“Our of­fer is to pur­chase the po­lice sta­tion for £4.5 mil­lion, or the pro­fes­sional mar­ket val­u­a­tion, and lease it to the Mayor’s Of­fice for Polic­ing And Crime (MOPAC) for five years at a rent of £45,000 or one per cent of the pur­chase price.

“We will also pro­vide a grant of £250,000 a year for five years to cover ap­prox­i­mately 50% of the run­ning costs.

“Given that MOPAC’s cur­rent plan takes un­til 2020 to va­cate Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion, the grant of £250,000 a year, com­menc­ing in April 2018, will cover nearly 75% of the pro­posed sav­ing on run­ning costs in the next five years.

“This is a gen­uine of­fer to pro­tect and en­hance the good work­ing re­la­tion­ship that we have with our po­lice col­leagues and en­sure that they have ad­e­quate, prac­ti­cal and af­ford­able fa­cil­i­ties from which to op­er­ate.”

As of Thurs­day, the only po­lice sta­tion front counter in Hilling­don is in Hayes.

A spokesper­son for the Mayor of Lon­don said: “We are aware and in dis­cus­sion with Hilling­don Coun­cil about their pro­posal to buy Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion.”

Our of­fer is to pur­chase the po­lice sta­tion for £4.5 mil­lion Coun­cil leader Ray Pud­di­foot

Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion could be saved from clo­sure af­ter an am­bi­tious bid from Hilling­don Coun­cil

Lon­don mayor Sadiq Khan

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