Police Scotland have drawn up a list of Police buildings in 58 Scottish locations which could be closed as part of a review of their property.
Blantyre’s Police Station is on that list. The Victoria Street/Calder Street Police Station opened in Summer 1909 and replaced the abandoned station on Glasgow Road that same year.
The current review has not yet concluded the outcomes, and Police Scotland maintain some of the properties, stretching all over Scotland, will still be retained. A BBC investigation has found that many of these decisions are being made with no public or community consultation as to whether they are actually needed.The move is hoped to raise £34m for Police Scotland.
What does this mean for Blantyre? If the Station were to close, would we rely on officers from further afield? Would it affect response times? Do we NEED a police station? Should it be demolished? Could it be saved perhaps into offices or flats with good parking at the rear?
To anybody interested in other location, the full list being considered is as follows:
North: Broughty Ferry, Bridge of Earn, Stanley, Letham, Muirhead, Carnoustie.
East: Bannockburn, Bridge of Allan, Bo’ness, Bainsford, Tullibody, Anstruther, Edinburgh High Street, Leith, Armadale, Fauldhouse, Blackburn, Gorebridge, Loanhead, Hawick, Haddington, Bonnyrigg, Newbattle.
West: Pollokshaws, Barrhead, Giffnock, Erskine, Gourock, Lochwinnoch, Port Glagow, Kilmacolm, Carradale, Lochgilphead, Taynuilt, Campbeltown, Inverary, Oban, Blantyre, Carluke, Larkhall, Lesmahagow, Shotts, Hamilton, Rutherglen, Biggar, Cambuslang, Ayr, Galston, Kilwinning, Largs, Dalry (Dumfries and Galloway), Dalbeattie, Gretna, Kirkcudbright, Langholm, Moffat, Thornhill, Whithorn.