Councillors’ reaction to police counter closures

East Neuk police station in Anstruther
East Neuk police station in Anstruther

News that East Neuk police station in Anstruther is to close to the public has not been welcomed by East Neuk Lib Dem Councillor Elizabeth Riches.

“For members of the public who use the police station, it is downgrading the value of the service,” she said.

“I am told the police station will still be used for officers patrolling the area, but that is useless for members of the public.”

She added: “This is the consequence of centralisation.”

Cllr David Graham, vice chairman of the Levenmouth area committee, has also expressed his disappointment after plans announced by Police Scotland last week revealed a cut in opening hours at Levenmouth station.

He said: “The reduction in hours locally, twinned with the imminent closure of the control room in Glenrothes, is very disappointing and will, no doubt, damage public confidence in the service provided locally.

“However, despite this, the local police team in Levenmouth does a fantastic job in very challenging times and we have to ensure that this crucial service is continued to the level that is expected by our communities.”

As part of the plans, members of the public will still be able to meet with officers at stations with no public counter provision but are requested to call 101 first - the Police Scotland non emergency number - to ensure someone is available.