No firm plans to sell Fife HQ

Police Scotland HQ on Detroit Road, Glenrothes
Police Scotland HQ on Detroit Road, Glenrothes

Police Scotland has said it has “no firm plans” to sell its Detroit Road station.

The re-assurance comes after the force’s top officer hinted it may have to consider the future of former HQs, including the one in Glenrothes.

There are no firm plans to sell off the divisional HQs.

Police Scotland spokesman

The future of the former Fife HQ facility was raisedfollowing chief constable Sir Stephen House’s comments this week that the force would need to bridge a multi-million pound gap in its £1bn budget.

And he did not rule out future co-location within council-owned buildings as an option.

Sir Stephen said “extreme measures” are needed to make savings, adding that he would do whatever is necessary to keep cost-cutting measures away from front-line services.

Police Scotland needs to find a further £11m of savings from the £58m needed to be made by the end of the financial year.

A police spokesman told the Gazette: “There are no firm plans to sell off the divisional HQs.

“We are currently assessing all our estates across the country, to ensure we can deliver an efficient and effective policing service that fits the needs of local communities, is collaborative, and provides a modern and flexible working environment.

“Each division will continue to review and consider their requirements in 
consultation with communities, partners and stakeholders.

“This will help to determine what changes are required to their estate so they can maintain a visible, accessible and responsive service which keeps people safe.”

Officers in Glenrothes are due to make the former Fife headquarters building their main base within the town within the next two weeks following the news brought to you by the Gazette in January that the Napier Road station is to close for good.

It is expected any final decision on the future of the Detroit Road facility will be made by the Scottish Police Authority.

Chief constable Sir Stephen House, said this week that Police Scotland had been talking to “virtually every council about co-location”.

However it is unclear if there would be any suitable potential premises within Glenrothes to house such a set up.

Following the closure of the Napier Road station, officers will soon have a contact point within the Kingdom Shopping Centre.

Paul Vaughan , head of community and corporate development at Fife Council said: “We already work very closely with our community partners, including Police Scotland, and there are a number of buildings where services and organisations are co-located.

“Brunton House in Cowdenbeath is an excellent example of this sharing of facilities. We have found that this provides, not only better value for money, but a better service all round.”

“The current economic situation is having an impact on all public services and it makes good financial sense to ensure that, where possible and safe to do so, our public buildings are used to their best.”