Police must keep promises on opening hours, says Baillie

MSP Jackie Baillie has called on Police Scotland to keep its promises about opening hours at Helensburgh Police Station after a worried resident claimed it was becoming a ‘ghost station’.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP asked Chief Superintendent Helen Swann to explain why the police station is frequently closed to the public during its stated opening hours.

The latest opening hours for Helensburgh Police Station were published in March last year following a Scotland-wide programme of cutbacks which led to the closure of police stations in Garelochhead and Alexandria.

The East King Street office should be open from 9am to 7pm Monday to Thursday and 12 noon to 10pm Friday to Sunday.

However one Helensburgh resident, who lives across the road from the station, said that it was regularly closed during its advertised opening hours, including all weekend from Friday April 10.

Jackie said: “It is unacceptable that so soon after cutting back on police station opening hours, promises made are now being ignored.

“Given the eye-witness accounts from neighbours, it appears that local people have been unable to access Helensburgh Police Station during their normal opening hours.

“Given the context of the planned merger of K and L Division with the removal of the headquarters to Paisley, Police Scotland must set out a plan to maintain access to police stations.

“This pattern of breaking promises is effectively cutting services back by the back door.”

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