Police chiefs confirm Strontian houses refurbishment

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Last week the Lochaber Times reported on plans to refurbish the two police houses at Strontian, a move welcomed as a sign of Police Scotland’s commitment to keeping officers based locally in the village’s small police station.

The recent meeting of Ardgour Community Council welcomed the news with chairperson Samantha Thomson telling the Lochaber Times: ‘We are delighted at the plan by Police Scotland to renovate the police houses in Strontian.

‘This is a real commitment to a sustainable future for our excellent local police service.’

Police Scotland has also now commented, telling the Lochaber Times: ‘Police Scotland’s housing strategy aims to provide suitable housing, where required, to ensure we can attract and retain officers in our remote, rural and island communities. By doing so, this will ensure we can maintain an appropriate level of service in these areas.

‘At the inception of Police Scotland in 2013, we inherited a varied portfolio of housing stock, with accommodation in a range of conditions.

‘Work is ongoing to assess properties and we have determined the police houses at Strontian require refurbishment.

‘Work will begin this year and the officers who currently live in these properties have been fully consulted and continue to be involved during the upgrading process.’