The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is continuing with his plans to close all police stations in Hillingdon except Hayes. To me, this is the wrong decision. While I agree we need to make best use of our resources and have as many officers on the streets as possible, closing Uxbridge Police Station is illogical for a number of reasons. It is a purpose-built station, with excellent transport links and close to the Magistrates’ Court in comparison with Hayes which is difficult to access and requires significant improvements.
The consultation on the Draft Access and Engagement Strategy which sets out a one size fits all policy, for each London borough to have one 24/7 counter each closed in October 2017 and you can read a copy of my full submission below. Following this consultation, I was disappointed when MOPAC confirmed the decision to close Uxbridge Police Station in December 2017. As a former Mayor of London, I understand the need for visible police presence on our streets and so was concerned about the impact on policing in Uxbridge. On the day the decision was announced, I spoke with Hillingdon’s Borough Commander and met the then Chief Superintendent to discuss the practicalities of policing in Uxbridge following this decision and sought assurances of maintaining a high police presence.
I understand this is a deeply disappointing decision for residents in Hillingdon and I know many, like me, cannot understand why this decision has been taken but I can assure you I will continue to work closely with the local police and council to ensure Hillingdon remains a safe place to live and work.
Since the decision to close the station was made, the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime has sadly rejected two offers by Hillingdon Council to purchase the police station and lease it back for a subsidised fee for a number of years. I recently met with West Area Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner and reiterated the importance of Uxbridge station to the local community. I am continuing to work with Hillingdon Council and other interested parties on a solution to this problem and continue to support the council's generous offer to buy the station and ensure that it can continue to be used by the Metropolitan Police. I believe that this is a sensible way forward, especially given the Government's commitment to increase officer numbers across Hillingdon. These new officers will require adequate operational capacity - something that Uxbridge station is able to provide. It remains to be seen whether the Mayor will now move to accept this proposal by Hillingdon Council or continue with his damaging programme of police station closures.