Stations get reprieve from proposed cuts

Two held in Leith drugs raids.Picture: Ian Georgeson
Two held in Leith drugs raids.Picture: Ian Georgeson

Police Scotland is to maintain front counter provision at its stations in Linlithgow and Queensferry.

Both had been earmarked for closure following a nationwide review of police services.

But the Force has taken the decision to maintain the counter service at both stations, opening on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

In a recent report, Police Scotland said the decision to keep both stations open followed consultation with staff, communities and elected members. It states that they considered each station affected, and assessed the information provided by those responding to the proposals.

Keith Giblett, chairman of Queensferry Community Council, who campaigned for the local station to remain open, said: ‘‘We are delighted that the community council has played its part and got the right decision.

‘‘It’s an important service provision to the town and we should be looking at what resources will be needed in the coming years as many major events are set to be staged .’’

Linlithgow councillor Tom Conn was also pleased with the decision adding: “I am absolutely delighted at this change of mind by Police Scotland. A town of this size needs access to local police and this is clearly something to be welcomed by all residents.”

Inspector John Cooper, officer in charge at Queensferry added: ‘‘The staff at Queensferry are delighted that the service will remain. It is thanks to public pressure that the decision was made.’’