Local stations facing closure

Giffnock Police station is one of the offices mentioned in the review.
Giffnock Police station is one of the offices mentioned in the review.

Police Scotland have announced they may be shutting 58 local stations across Scotland, with three on the southside listed among them.

Under the shadow of the axe are the local offices located in Pollokshaws, Barrhead and Giffnock. The single force are looking to rationalise their estate in a wide-ranging review of current locations across the whole of Scotland.

The outlook for local policing on the southside looks bleak with the distinct possibility that when offices are deemed ‘surplus to operational requirements’, staff will be moved to shared space elsewhere, leaving particular areas with the very real possibility of having no immediate police presence.

Details of the proposals only emerged after BBC Scotland lodged a Freedom of Information request. This has led to accusations of secrecy and claims that local communities have been kept in the dark about the proposals.

Jackson Carlaw MSP, told The Extra: “First we had the SNP Scottish Government reducing the opening hours of our local police stations until we only had 9 to 5 justice and now they want to do away with the community policing in its totality.

“It is not as yet clear what the closure of police offices in Pollokshaws, Barrhead and Giffnock will mean for local residents and I shall write to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to seek urgent clarification on these closures.

“This continued nationalisation of local matters is disgraceful and many will rightly be asking for what long term benefit?”