North East Liberal Democrats Mike Rumbles MSP and Cllr Fraser Macpherson have added their support for a cross-party motion opposing the closure of Ryehill police station.
The Scottish Parliament motion, submitted by Jenny Marra MSP, highlights the damage to local policing if the station closes and calls for the Scottish Government secure the future of the police office in Dundee’s West End and keep Ryehill open.
Mr Rumbles said: “This SNP Government say one thing and then do the exact opposite. All we’ve heard from the First Minister is that they want to improve links between the community and the police. But at the same time they are closing control rooms, closing police stations and by cutting and centralising the service they are withdrawing public engagement with the police.
“We heard last week that Broughty Ferry and Carnoustie police stations may be among those the Scottish Government want to close and now Ryehill is under threat as well. It comes as no surprise that more and more people in the North east feel the SNP can’t be trusted.
“The Scottish Government should take this opportunity to listen to the community for once, and commit to keeping the Ryehill Police Station open.”
Cllr Macpherson said: “It has been great to see so much public and cross party support for the issue. At all costs, the police station must be maintained for the benefit of the community.
“We are making some progress. Following a meeting with the local Police Superintendent, Chief Inspector, the chair of the West End Community Council and myself, Police Scotland has now agree to fully investigate the viability of shared use of the station. That is encouraging, but now it’s even more vital we keep the pressure on the Scottish Government and the police to keep Ryehill open.”
Notes for editors:
- S5M-02465 Motion Text:
That the Parliament notes the consultations being conducted by Police Scotland into the future of 58 police stations around Scotland; understands that the proposed consultation on the future of Ryehill police station in the west end of Dundee was not on the published list but that the consultation on this station is due to start in January 2017; believes that it is misleading that Ryehill was not included in the list of stations under consideration; understands that closure of the station will be one of the options included in the consultation; further understands that Police Scotland has confirmed that the option of sharing facilities with other public bodies such as the council is not possible in the Ryehill building because of space constraints; notes that Police Scotland has indicated that, if Ryehill is to close, police officers for the west end community won't be based in that area but in the neighbouring council wards of Lochee and Maryfield; believes that this is not the level of service that local residents expect and deserve; considers that, if Ryehill closes, visible policing in the west end would effectively cease; understands that, for this reason, there is strong local opposition to the consultation and potential closure of Ryehill police station, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to drop the consultation and keep Ryehill open.