Don’t chop the One Stop Shop

The council's One Stop Shop in Bo'ness
The council's One Stop Shop in Bo'ness

Residents are fighting back against plans to close Bo’ness One Stop Shop in December.

Bo’ness Community Council has voiced its anger over the lack of consultation for the money-saving proposals from Falkirk Council which seek to shut the office in East Pier Street and relocate staff to a new advice hub service in Grangemouth One Stop Shop.

According to the council the new approach will allow them to respond more effectively to householders’ needs and make better use of its public buildings and community facilities.

Bo’ness Community Council want people to make their voice heard on the matter and have placed a box in Bo’ness Library for them to make their views known.

A community council spokesperson said: “To our knowledge, it is the only One Stop Shop in the Falkirk area which is being closed and the future of others will not be decided upon for two years.

“We have suggested services could be continued in the library for the two year period until a decision is taken in regard to the future of all One Stop Shops in the Falkirk area.

“The staff in the One Stop Shop have always provided an excellent and valuable service to our community. We understand savings must be made and online solutions are cost effective, however, not everyone in the community is able to access and use that method of service or are able to afford the cost of travelling to Grangemouth One Stop Shop.”

The community council is meeting with local authority representatives later this month to put their case across.