Deeside police stations put under new closure threat

Banchory Police Station
Banchory Police Station

Police stations on Deeside are facing a new threat of closure as the national force seeks to implement savings across the area.

The Aboyne, Banchory and Ballater stations are among around 60 in the North and North-east which could be closed or face reduced opening hours under the savings plans.

Police Scotland has launched a review of its estate which could lead to a reduction in opening hours at the remaining offices.

Aboyne could be closed while Ballater and Banchory could see changes to opening hours.

The force claim its aim is to provide the “best value for money.”

However, critics have said that it could damage public confidence in the service.

The review details a number of changes to the way in which public counter service will be administered including the complete removal of any counter service in Aboyne.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Peter Argyle said: “I think I regard this with some concern.

‘‘The police need to be accessible when they are needed... I believe the residents will also feel some concern.”

The plans have come under fire from North-east politicians on all sides of the political spectrum.

Conservative MSP Nannette Milne said: “Residents will be very concerned at the proposals which will see the public counter at stations dramatically reduced or in some cases totally removed.”

She was echoed by North-eastLabour MSP Richard Baker, who stated: “My fear is that these changes are being driven by the huge cuts being foisted upon Police Scotland by the SNP.”