Anstruther police station looks set to close its doors to the public following a review of counter services by Police Scotland.
And there are further plans for reduced operating hours at Levenmouth Police Station.
Police Scotland says the closures are in response to a drop in the number of people using counter services but Councillor David Graham said: “The proposals are an attack on local policing which will no doubt damage public confidence in the service provided to local people.”
MSP Liz Smith said it would clearly impact on local policing, while East Neuk councillor Donald MacGregor, who has called on residents to make their feelings heard, commented: “This proposal is a retrograde step and one which Police Scotland should reconsider. The local police stations are essential to local people.”
But Cllr Alistair Hunter hit back, saying he would rather have “boots on the beat” than have stuck behind a desk.
Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson, who led the review, said the public accessed police services in many ways, but the number of people calling at public counters had dropped considerably in recent years.
He added: “Our review will reduce opening hours at some public counters but this is where analysis of demand has provided evidence which has allowed us to take these steps without significantly impacting on the level of service enjoyed by communities.”
“Keeping people safe is the focus of Police Scotland and this is an opportunity to deliver a more consistent, professional service, which will enable more officers to be deployed where and when they are needed most.”
East Neuk and Levenmouth are not the only stations which have been affected in Fife:
It is proposed that St Andrews police station see a reduce in its operating hours to 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m., Mon - Fri, and Cupar, Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes will also see reduced operating hours.
Burntisland, Tayport, Oakley, Cardenden and Auchetermuchty stations look likely to follow the same fate as the East Neuk with no public counter provision at all.