Police seek hospital base in Girvan

Plans by Police Scotland could soon see the Girvan policing team move into a base at the Community Hospital on the outskirts of the town.

A consultation by the police body is currently underway and the issue was raised at a meeting of Girvan and District Community Council on Tuesday night.

Councillor Alec Clark said: “I can understand the reasons for this. But we have to be careful here.

“By moving the police into the hospital, we are in danger of leaving another empty building when there are already too many.

“And how qualified will the people be that will be there to answer to you at the hospital?”

Councillor John McDowall added: “In the proposals, Police Scotland say that it is a short walk from the current site.

“It’s hardly a short walk for those who live at the far end of the Glendoune area in the town.”

Girvan and South Carrick Inspector Derek McMurdo said: “This will not see a reduction in our service delivery and in fact I believe this will give the community better access to our local officers in terms of visibility and accountability.

“I understand the concerns about an empty building but Police Scotland have a duty to maintain that building to a good standard before it is transferred on.

“The building right now is an ageing one which will need significant investment so the opportunity to move into a better shared facility with our NHS partners is a no brainer in these financial times.”