Montrose police station front counter to close

The public counter at Montrose Police Station is to close from March
The public counter at Montrose Police Station is to close from March

Montrose Police Station front counter will be closed as part of Police Scotland’s cost cutting measures.

The force has announced that the public counter on George Street, as well as those in Brechin and Carnoustie, will now be closed from March 3.

Out of more than 60 stations earmarked to have their public counters shut or hours cut, only a handful have been given a reprieve.

The news has been met with “huge disappointment” from Montrose Liberal Democrat councillor David May.

Mr May said: “This is sad news for residents in these three burghs.

“It is clear to me from contact with many Angus people that they, like me, are opposed to the fact that these police stations will now have no longer have counters

“In a rural area like ours this will certainly impact on what has been our record of excellent community policing.”

Both Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes and Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East, also opposed the closures of the counters in Angus.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: “Local policing remains the bedrock of the new service.

“We have listened to all the views put forward and made changes to reflect this but an effective, modern policing service must evolve to reflect the communities we serve.

“These changes allow us to ensure more of the right people with the right skills are available at the right time and in the right places to serve communities in a manner that reflects the way people now live their lives.”

He added Police Scotland is “committed to maximising police officers on the street“ to keep people safe.

Members of the public will still be able to meet with police officers at Montrose Police Station or any other station with no public counter but they will have to call 101 first.

The closures comes a week after it was announced that frontline police and fire control rooms across Scotland are to close.

Police and fire chiefs made the decision to close five out of 10 police emergency control rooms and five out of eight fire centres from April.

The closures are likely to lead to the loss of several hundred highly-skilled jobs across Scotland and means large areas of the country will have no officers or firefighters providing local 999 emergency cover.