MSP Grant urges public to voice views on police office disposals

Rhoda Grant MSP Member for: Highlands and Islands Party: Scottish Labour 26 April 2017 . Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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Highlands and Islands regional MSP Rhoda Grant has revealed that following a public consultation, the disposal of 49 of the 53  police properties identified for disposal was validated at the Scottish Police Authority board meeting in Stirling last week.

The four properties where there has not been agreement with local communities regarding disposal are all located within the Highlands and Islands.

Ms Grant commented: ‘I understand that the decision to sell off the police offices located at Lairg, Dunvegan, Broadford and Lochboisdale have not been mutually agreed with the communities affected, or other stakeholders, and will be reviewed with a further consultation taking place between now and August 3 with regards to the way forward.

‘While I am satisfied that there has been agreement with regards to 49 police properties, I do hope that the public will be listened to with regards their views in relation to the four identified properties where agreement has not been reached, especially since they are located in rural scattered communities.

‘I would just ask the communities of the identified locations to make their views known by means of the public consultation before the closing date.’