Opposed to counter closures

Brechin police office looks set to close.
Brechin police office looks set to close.

Proposals to close the police counter at Brechin Police station has been met with opposition by Angus councillor David May.

Angus Council heard a motion on Thursday, October 24, that stated the disappointment over the proposed closures in Brechin, Carnoustie and Montrose.

However Councillor May tried to amend, unsuccessfully, the motion to express that he was not just disappointed about the threatened closures but also opposed the closures.

Councillor May said: “I criticised the way that the Police Scotland consultation was conducted as it seems that who was consulted was somewhat limited.

“For example as far as I know there was no attempt to involve community councils in the process, and even people who inquire about the changes are simply being pointed to an e-mail address through which to get in touch with their concerns.

“For many people a web site or e-mail address effectively meant that they did not get involved.

“This could have been resolved by paper copies of the consultation being made available in our police stations while they are still open and in our access offices.

“I commented that the results of the consultation should be made public before the decisions are made.

He continued: “I also criticised the Police Scotland proposal to close our police counters as this is the outcome of the disastrous Scottish Government centralisation policy on the police.

“I commented that what might be right for Strathclyde is certainly not necessarily what is right for rural Angus.

“We know what is best for our area and decisions about our police should be made here in Angus and not by the Police Scotland Chief Constable.

“If you like me are opposed to this it is important that you take part in the consultation by tomorrow (October 31) to publiccounterreview@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

“Alternatively you can write to public counter review team, Business Change Office , Police Scotland, Pitt Street, Glasgow G24 JS.”