Hillingdon Labour proposes alternative spend for £5m earmarked for police station purchase

Hillingdon Council should allow police officers to use its Civic Centre building for a base, and spend the £5m earmarked for purchase of the Uxbridge police station to invest in public facilities for Hillingdon residents. This was an amendment proposed by Labour Cllr Stuart Mathers at Thursday’s meeting of the Full Council.

The original motion submitted by Cllr Douglas Mills, the Cabinet Member responsible for crime in HIllingdon, reiterated the Council’s position to attempt to purchase the old Uxbridge police station from the Mayor of London for £5m. Hillingdon Labour argue that this money can be better spent on the needs of local residents.

The motion also made reference to the pledge that Prime Minister Boris Johnson – the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip – to recruit 20,000 new police officers over the next four years.

Speaking after the debate, Labour Councillor Kerri Prince said:

“Boris Johnson has pledged 20,000 police officers by 2022, which sounds great until you consider that it is Conservative Governments that cut police numbers by more than 20,000 since 2010.

“And I notice that the Cabinet Member has left out of the motion the detail on how this will be funded. It will require the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to raise council tax. I am sure when the time comes, this Conservative Council will take a swing at him for doing the very thing that their Prime Minister is making him do in order to fulfil this proposal of 20,000 more police.

“The motion also doesn’t mention that in his first year as Mayor of London, Boris Johnson cut 455 police officers. What a record he has on policing.”

Speaking after the Council meeting, Cllr Mathers said:

“It is no surprise that the Council voted down our amendment. They have no real vision of how we can use innovation to address an issue, but instead cut local services – such as Meal on Wheels provision – whilst spending £5m on a vanity project that will do nothing to tackle crime in the area.”

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