Carnoustie Police Station front counter closes next month

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Front counter changes at police offices in Scotland will come in to affect on March 3, when Carnoustie’s front desk will close for good.

However, Police Scotland has given assurances that the public can still meet with officers.

They revealed plans for front desk closures and changes to operational hours in October of last year, following a review into service provisions across the country.

All the local councillors have expressed their disappointment at the Police Scotland decision and Councillor Brian Boyd is looking into the possibility of some sort of police contact service being operated from the Access office in High Street.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said this week: “Local policing remains the bedrock of the new service. The benefits of a single service are already being felt right across the country with national specialist resource now meaning our local community team resource is further strengthened and supported.

“We have listened to all the views put forward and made changes to reflect this but an effective, modern policing service must evolve to reflect the communities we serve.

Councillor Helen Oswald, Provost of Angus, told the Guide & Gazette: “We’re all very sad the way the changes to all public services are going – and I mean all public services. But with less money, there have inevitably to be cuts and changes to how services are provided.

“I regret very much the removal of police counter services from burghs in Angus and I’m sure that all councillors, MSPs and MPs will be watching very closely to see how the new arrangements work and to ensure the level of service to our constituents is safeguarded.”

Former policeman Councillor Bill Bowles is also sad that the public service is to close at Carnoustie.

He commented: “I am extremely disappointed that our public service counter is to shut at Carnoustie especially given the statistics that were used to come to the conclusion that it was under used.

“I worked in Carnoustie and think that is important that the public have easy access to the police and this decision does not help that ease of use.

“Unfortunately, with budgets the way they are we are the victim of police cutbacks as are so many.”

He concluded: “What I hope to see is that our local police will encourage dialogue with the public in the street or even regular surgeries for the public to have access and discuss non urgent issues with them.”

Councillor Brian Boyd commented: “I am most disappointed in the closure of our local police counter. I feel it’s the start of the slippery slope to less service in rural areas.

“Police force morale in the local area is at an all-time low and clearly the centralisation of our police force in Scotland is not working.

“I am working behind the scenes to see if the counter office can be moved into the Access Office in High Street. Of course this will add further financial burdens to an already cash strapped council.”