Girvan police move into local hospital

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The police in Girvan have a new home as officers moved out of their town centre base this week into the community hospital.

Police chiefs claim the move will make Girvan police more accessible and enhance policing in the town.

However Councillor Alec Clark hit out at the move: “This is a sad day for Girvan and sees a move from a police station to a police point with another abandoned building in the community.

“An undignified end to at least 100 years of policing from this town centre building.”

Chief Superintendent Gillian McDonald, Ayrshire’s Area Commander said : “The new site is much more visible and accessible to the public, which not only highlights its presence to local people, but also to people travelling through the town.

“I am convinced that the relocation of our local policing service in Girvan to the new partnership location will enhance our service delivery and partnership working in the Girvan and surrounding areas.”

Councillor Alec Oattes said: “I think it is a good move for the police and it shows they are committed to maintaining the service.

“In these austere times tough decisions have to be made about services.

“I am sad to see the police station closed though and I hope that there can be an opportunity to develop it.”

Police say the building is a significant upgrade with new IT facilities and interview facilities as well as waiting areas.

Tim Eltringham, Director of South Ayrshire’s Health and Social Care partnership added: “The hospital has been providing Girvan’s residents with a wide range of services since it opened its doors in 2010, and we are sure that the addition of the community policing team will provide even more convenience for the town’s residents.”