Coldstream Police station to lose front counter service

Coldstream Police Station.
Coldstream Police Station.

Coldstream Police Station looks likely to be closed to the general public under Police Scotland proposed changes.

However, police officers would still be based there and Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid, Divisional Commander for the Lothians and Scottish Borders, said: “It is important to emphasise that police officers will still be based in those stations affected, providing the same high level of service to local communities across the division.

If the proposals being put forward by Police Scotland go ahead, Duns Police Station opening hours will change from 8.30am-4.30pm to 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

No changes are being proposed to Eyemouth Police Station opening hours “given its location in a busy fishing port, summer tourist destination and distance to the next nearest station (Duns)”.

Police Scotland say the aim of the changes is to provide a consistent and more efficient service in local communities.

Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid said: “As alternative means of engaging with the police have developed and crime rates have fallen, the use of public counter services has reduced markedly, and it is entirely correct that we take account of this as we seek to make best use of our resources.”

“The proposals affecting the Lothians and Scottish Borders have taken consideration of geographical locations and demand analysis and whilst we will be reducing hours at some stations there will be an increase at others.

Police Scotland is also planning to remove traffic warden services, leaving parking enforcement to the local authorities. Chief Superintendent McDiarmid said: “Police will continue to deal with road traffic offences including dangerous parking.”