People feel let down by centralisation

Alison McInnes outside Montrose Police Station
Alison McInnes outside Montrose Police Station

A petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP’s police and fire centralisation plans, according to a North East MSP.

A former police control room worker, and an Inverness resident, put forward a petition to the Public Petition’s Committee calling for a review of the decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee.

Montrose police counter was among those closed.

The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the North East Alison McInnes is a member.

“This petition shows the clear extent to which people in the North East and Highlands and Islands feel let down by the closures caused by the SNP’s centralisation plans.

“Scottish Lib Dems share concerns that the closure of police and fire control rooms, and frontline police counters, represents a damaging loss of local knowledge.

“From Aberdeen and Montrose to Durness and Portree, decades of local policing is being replaced by a one-size-fits-all faceless organisation.

“As a member of the justice committee I will be doing my utmost to ensure the justice secretary pays heed to these local voices,” said Ms McInnes.