Police station public counters across north east Fife are among the casualties of cost-cutting measures that come into force on March 3 .
It was confirmed this week that, as expected, the counters at Anstruther, Auchtermuchty and Newport will all close, while Cupar and St Andrews, both previously open round-the-clock, will have their hours drastically cut.
The police station in Cupar will be open to the public from 7am until midnight seven days a week, and St Andrews will open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The public counter at Kinross is also to close.
In all, more than 60 stations across Scotland are affected in a bid to save Police Scotland some £4 million.
Members of the public will still be able to meet with police officers at stations with no public counter provision but are requested to call 101 first.
Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: ”We have listened to all the views put forward and made changes to reflect this but an effective, modern policing service must evolve to reflect the communities we serve.”
Cupar councillor Margaret Kennedy, who is convener of Fife and Forth Valley Community Justice Authority, said she had accepted the reduced opening hours in Cupar as ‘inevitable’, but was concerned about the importance of the public being able to contact the police easily when needed.
“During the early hours I suspect, and indeed the evidence suggests, that the contact is by phone,” she said.
“I have called for a report on the present contact centre on this basis. Fife Police held strong stats for the answering of calls so it is helpful in terms of ongoing scrutiny that we have a good understanding of the present situation. This can then be cross referenced with future provision.”