Shotts Po­lice Sta­tion is set to re­main open

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

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

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