The last police officers based at Chiswick Police Station are to move out by early October and the building itself has been put up for sale.
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime gave the final approval to sell the station in June 2021, with Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden providing the necessary authorisation.
City Hall believes the sale of Chiswick Police Station, combined with sales of 16 other stations and two residential properties, will bring in between £79.9 million and £102.7 million to London’s coffers, saving up to £4.8 million in annual running costs.
Chiswick Police Station has been closed to the public for a while now, since the public counter was moved to Hounslow, although the front desk briefly reopened in mid-2020 when Hounslow Police Station was undergoing refurbishment.
The building, which is approximately 23,953 sq ft, looks likely to be demolished and replaced with a new development with shops on the ground floor and flats on three upper floors.
Tories criticise station’s closure
When the sales were raised at the Mayor’s Question Time recenlty, Sadiq Khan said:
“Thanks to the record levels of City Hall investment in the Met and the Government’s partial reversal of cuts, officer numbers are rising. Consequently, a review of the Met’s entire estate is underway in order to look at the long-term plans for police station buildings and the potential impact from the increase in police officer numbers. My top priority is to make Londoners safer – I have ensured that there’s a 24-hour police front counter in every London borough and the review of the Met’s estate will not mean changes to this commitment.”
In response to Ruth Cadbury MP praise for the Mayor’s record in London, Nicholas Rogers, London Assembly Member for SW London, (Conservative) Tweeted:
Safer? He’s closing down and selling off Chiswick Police Station in your constituency! This is not something to celebrate. https://t.co/2Dt7eikFXD
— Nicholas Rogers AM (@NJROnline) September 19, 2021
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