Owner of Park Lane Stables urged to sell the site to local charity
28 May 2021
Council Leader, Cllr Gareth Roberts, has expressed his disappointment that Park Lane Stables RDA could be forced to move from their Teddington home.
Earlier this year, the Council supported the local stables' publicity campaign to fundraise the £1m needed to purchase their stables.
Despite the success of their campaign, the popular charity will have to quit the site as the Landlord claims to have received a higher offer for the site. In spite of this setback, Cllr Roberts has nevertheless urged the company to honour their original ask and not leave such a valuable facility homeless.
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
"This is really sad news for Park Lane Stables and devastating for the staff, volunteers and families, many with vulnerable children, that rely on the stables.
"Their fundraising plight received national coverage and support. And I know that there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of people angry that despite their efforts, it wasn't enough to secure the long-term future of the stables on the site in Teddington. People will feel cheated.
"I hope the Landlord will recognise the strength of local feeling, recognise the importance the work done by Park Lane Stables, particularly in supporting Riding for the Disabled, and honour the original ask."
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Updated: 28 May 2021