Police cop keys to new station

St Andrews Police Station in North Street.
St Andrews Police Station in North Street.

ST Andrews Police have copped the keys to a new headquarters in town.

Fife Constabulary is to relocate to the former health centre in Pipeland Road which is now being converted into a new police station for the ‘Auld Grey Toun.’

Councillor George Kay, chair of Fife Council’s police, fire & safety committee, met with Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Tom Ewing along with other councillors and police representatives on Wednesday morning at a service to mark the handover of the building.

The force has taken over the lease until 2078 for a one-off payment of £105,000.

The new station will include parking and level access.

Once the transfer is complete, Fife Constabulary will be looking to sell the old property in North Street as soon as is practicable.

VISION

Fife Council’s building services staff are currently converting the Pipeland Road premises which have lain unused for more than two years.

It is expected to be ready to open for use as St Andrews Police Station later this year.

Mr Ewing told the Citizen: “This building will help police officers deliver Fife Constabulary’s vision of Taking Policing Closer to the Community.

‘‘The current St Andrews station is no longer fit for purpose to deliver modern policing for the community.

‘‘The new building will cost far less to run than the current old building, drive down our carbon emissions and take policing in St Andrews right into the heart of the residential community.

STRATEGY

“The new police station will be part of our long-term strategy to upgrade and improve police stations to provide a better and more efficient service to the people of Fife. Last year we reopened the newly-refurbished Rosyth Police Station and next month we look forward to moving to new premises in Cowdenbeath.”

Councillor Kay added: “I welcome the planned move and look forward to visiting the new station when it is up and running and has been refurbished.

‘‘I am sure this will provide the citizens of St Andrews with a building suitable for 21st century policing.”

The force has taken over the lease on the building until 2078 for a one-off payment of £105,000.

The new station will include parking and level access.

Once the transfer is complete, Fife Constabulary will be looking to sell the old property in North Street as soon as is practicable.

Fife Councillor Bill Sangster, who is chairman of the St Andrews and District Community Safety Panel, said: ”This is very welcome as it will give easier access for emergencies and regular movement of police vehicles.

“Any move which is closer to the community and in the heart of the more populated part of St Andrews can only be seen as a positive step. By transferring to this new location, which is only a few hundred yards off the Largo Road, it should help to reduce response times to incidents as they occur.”

He added that a police link is proposed in the town centre for access to information and any other police issue, and he has suggested the town library in Church Square.