Fears over closure of police office counter

Girvan police station.
Girvan police station.

Concerns have been raised in the Girvan community after it was revealed the public counter at the town’s police station is set to close.

Currently the station operates on a business hours basis – Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm – but a Police Scotland review could axe public counter ser­vices at the station altogether.

The building will still be open and used as an operational base but no-one will be there to speak to members of the public.

Girvan and South Carrick Councillor Alec Clark has voiced concerns at the news.

“This can’t be dressed up 
as it is another service cut to this rural area of Girvan and South Carrick.

“People in this area are completely disadvantaged when it comes to transport links and this is another example of a vital service being centralised to Ayr on top of the cutbacks we have seen to registration services in Girvan and South Carrick.”

However, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Adam Ingram said: “It’s always sad to see traditional public services being run down or come to an end. But the fact is that these days most people contact the police directly by telephone using the non-emergency number 101 or the emergency number 999 or, 
indeed, online.”

Chairman of Girvan Community Council Ken Johnstone said: “I am never happy with the loss of any service in Girvan. However, I accept that in these times of austerity some things have to go, and I would certainly accept that counter services should go rather than any police on the streets.”