HILLINGDON’S Conservative and Labour councillors are divided over the future of Uxbridge police station.

The ruling Tory group put a motion to yesterday’s (12) council meeting requesting the Mayor of London to reconsider its offer to buy and maintain the police station for £5m.

A Conservative spokesman said: “It is vital officers have a location based in our major town centre from which to operate.”

He claimed the idea had the overwhelming support of Uxbridge people and residents groups.

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Pressure would continue to be applied on the Mayor of London to reverse his decision to close the station and allow Hillingdon to buy it.

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 Conservative governments cut police numbers by more than 20,000 since 2010.

Labour says the Tory offer is a vanity project that would do nothing to tackle crime in the area. 

The motion was passed by a majority vote.