Council Leader writes to ask for clarity on police station plans in Merton

The Leader of Merton Council has written to London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing to again seek assurance that police stations in the borough will not be closed.

Councillor Ross Garrod, who met with Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden earlier this year to discuss the plans for police stations at Wimbledon and Mitcham, has questioned why no estate management plan has been shared despite committing to publishing it this year.

The threat of closure has previously hung over Wimbledon Police Station in recent years, which eventually saw a reduction in staffing but remained open.

However, Cllr Garrod is concerned that with public sector cuts on the way from central government, both stations could be vulnerable in the future.

Cllr Garrod said: “The police do a fantastic job – but they need to be based in the area they serve, with well-maintained stations to have a visible, local presence that reassures residents.

“Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London – but we have seen small increases in crime, and a visible, local police presence is central to making sure we stay on top of it and remain one of the safest places in the capital.

“I’ve therefore urged the Deputy Mayor to come forward with a plan for these stations as soon as possible.”