Police Scotland is carrying out a consultation in relation to the disposal of the Portlethen Police Station.
The office has not been open to the public for several years, so given the pressure on police budgets, and the changes to policing, I suppose it is not a surprise. Still it is disappointing to those of us who remember a local police office where you could actually talk to an officer whether it was lost property or something more serious.
Here is what Police Scotland told ward councillors, parliamentarians and Aberdeenshire Council officers:
“Police Scotland’s estates strategy is designed to ensure it is fit for purpose, reflects the nature of policing and can support service delivery to local communities.
“Each Division reviews and considers their requirements in consultation with communities, partners and stakeholders, which allows us to identify and propose locations where existing buildings no longer meet policing requirements and where other opportunities exist. By making the necessary changes to our estate, we can maintain a visible, accessible and responsive service which keeps people safe.
“The purpose of the consultation is to allow you an opportunity to provide your thoughts and comments on the proposed disposal.
“As you may be aware, there is a minimal frontline resource stationed at Portlethen with operational matters being dealt with by Officers generally located in Stonehaven instead, striving to deliver enhanced Policing services to our communities. The Portlethen area is further supported by our colleagues at Nigg Police Station, where emergency response and additional support to ongoing incidents is required.
“Any future plans will also be the subject to the approval of the Scottish Police Authority.”
I hope the the public will be given an opportunity by Police Scotland to contribute to the consultation too, but meantime I would welcome comments which will help me when I respond. The consultation closes on 5 July. Any comments should be emailed to NorthKincardineCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk, marked for the attention of Jackie Knight.
By the way, I do not have any further details.