South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway police station closure proposals issued

Dalry Police Station Image copyright Billy McCrorie
Image caption Dalry police station would be retained under the proposals

Police Scotland has recommended the retention of two out of eight stations being considered for closure in Dumfries and Galloway.

Sites at Dalry and Langholm would be retained under recommendations by Ch Supt Gary Ritchie.

Gretna, Moffat, Thornhill, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright and Whithorn would be removed from the police estate.

It follows a lengthy consultation over the fate of the sites dotted across the south west of Scotland.

The preferred option for each site are:

  • Gretna station to close with alternative provision secured at the Richard Greenhow Centre
  • Moffat to shut with alternative provision at the town hall
  • Thornhill to be removed from the police estate but part of the building to be rented from its new owners
  • Langholm Town Hall facility to be retained
  • Kirkcudbright to close with alternative provision at Kirkcudbright fire station
  • Dalbeattie to shut with alternative provision also at the local fire station
  • Dalry police station to be retained
  • Whithorn to close but only if future ambulance provision from the building is secured

Ch Supt Ritchie thanked everyone who had been involved in the consultation process.

He said that had enabled them to come up with "creative solutions" which reflected the "strong spirit of partnership and collaboration" throughout the region.

"Everyone was very honest on their feelings for maintaining a local station in their community," he said.

"But there was also a lot of understanding in respect of the lack of value that some of our current premises presented, especially in light of our new community policing approach.

"The recommendations I have made in respect of our estate balance these two considerations and I consider this offers the best service potential and value for the communities of Dumfries and Galloway.

"Although these are recommendations and not final decisions I should stress that no station will be removed from the police estate until the alternative arrangement is in place and on approval from the Scottish Police Authority."

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