Shotts Police Station is set to remain open
It appears the battle to save Shotts Police Station has been won.
Following discussions with local senior officers, MP Neil Gray and MSP Alex Neil have received assurances that there are no plans to close the Caledonia Road station and that local staffing has increased in recent months.
Mr Gray said: “Alex Neil and I have had ongoing talks with Police Scotland about Shotts and what the plans are for its future over the past couple of years after speaking to worried constituents.
“We have been assured that there are no current plans to close the Shotts office and that there are now more officers based there than in past years.
“I hope that this helps put the minds of the Shotts people at ease.”
Mr Neil added: “Many folk have raised the issue of a possible closure and it was something that Neil and I were determined to fight against.
“I am pleased that Police Scotland have committed to an ongoing presence in Shotts. The fact that officer numbers based at Caledonia Road has increased over the years shows that Police Scotland understand the need for a Shotts base.”
In November 2016, it was revealed that Police Scotland were undertaking an estates review which proposed that the Shotts station be closed.
The station was one of 58 identified by Police Scotland as potentially surplus to requirements.
Central Scotland Labour MSP Richard Leonard wrote to the Chief Constable calling on Police Scotland to clarify the situation immediately.
Mr Leonard, and the local Labour party, launched a petition for the community to voice their concerns about the station’s closure.
Speaking in June, Councillor Martin McCulloch said: “I fought the local elections campaign promising to stand up for the communities I have lived in for most of my life.
“Time after time, whilst out on the doorstep, the issue of the police station came up.
“Policing should be local, and the police station should be kept here. I am pleased to be part of the campaign, and I will keep fighting until we know that the station is safe.”
Councillor Kenny Stevenson added: “The community has spoken, and the message is clear. Police Scotland should rule out any closure – without qualification.”
Fight Alex Neil MSP campaigned to keep the station open
Controversy Shotts Police Station
Petition MSP Richard Leonard
Talks MP Neil Gray