Shock Park Lane Stables news goes national as residents express sadness and support

  Posted: 28.05.21 at 14:34 by Ellie Brown

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Yesterday's shock news that Park Lane Stables will have to leave their home in Teddington despite fundraising over a million pounds to stay has made national headlines and led to an outpouring of public support.

Celebrities including Rob Brydon and Rory Bremner have both tweeted their dismay at the news, with Brydon adding this morning: "Still can't get my head around this, surely it shouldn't happen?"

National news outlets including the Metro, the Evening Standard and the BBC have all covered the story and the stables were featured on BBC Breakfast this morning.

Back in February the stables were featured on the show as their fundraiser to buy the premises from the landlord gained support.

Following an incredible campaign the stables raised the money they needed to stay.

But, as Nub News reported yesterday, the charity's negotiations with the landlord failed and they will now be moving to a temporary new home on Manor Farm in Petersham.

A message of support this morning from actor/comedian and local resident Rob Brydon

Speaking on the show, manager Natalie O'Rourke said the stables were "devastated to be honest, we're absolutely heartbroken."

"We don't know what else to do because we've done everything we possibly can and we've sort of hit a dead end."

But, she added, "This is absolutely not the end.

"We started this for the people that need us and we will absolutely carry on for them.

"My only priority is doing what we do for the people that need us."

There has also been an outpouring of public support for the stables, with many stopping at the premises yesterday to personally tell staff their dismay at the news.

On Twitter, local resident Jennifer Copeland responded : "How very sad and disappointing for you all after your heroic battle to raise the requested £1 million original price tag and your euphoric success achieving it against all odds.

"We will sorely miss you."

Lee Mottershead added : "Sincere best wishes to you all.

"You do a wonderful job and deserve to prosper in a forever home."

Teddington Councillor Richard Baker said: "A great shame, such an icon of our town, really disappointing that despite all the support locally and nationally an agreement could not be reached that kept the stables in Teddington."

A spokesperson for the landlord told Nub News yesterday: "We are acutely aware of the importance of the service provided by Park Lane stables and the benefit of that work to the community.

“While we regret the personal circumstances that have forced us to seek new ownership for the stables, we will continue to work to seek an acceptable resolution for all parties involved, and remain committed to supporting the continued services on site whilst the situation is ongoing.”

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