The news that Tayside Police are in talks with Perth and Kinross Council to relocate their Crieff office to the campus has had a mixed reaction.
MSP Roseanna Cunningham, said: “I can completely understand that local people will have concerns that a change in location of Crieff Police Office will mean a reduction in service.
“That, of course, is not necessarily the case and it may very well be that the move to the community campus will result in a better service, more attuned to the way in which we live our lives in the 21st century.
“I welcome the assurance that has been given by Inspector Ward that there will be no reduction in police numbers, or the service they currently provide.
“There are still many questions to be addressed, of course, and I have written to the Chief Constable asking her to address some of these.
“I am particularly keen to see the comparative cost figures for the two sites and to establish what plans there are for the future use of the King Street property.
“This is certainly a big change and I hope that as many local folk as possible will participate in the consultation process to ensure that local concerns are fully addressed before any final decision is taken.
“One important concern that I have is the impact that this change might have on the centre of the town since this move might be seen as yet another draining away of activity from the traditional heart of Crieff.”
David Murrell, chairman of the Crieff Community Trust, which has put the number of empty buildings in the town high on their agenda, said: “The process of evaluating the existing empty property in Crieff (existing and potential) will be a priority for the Crieff Community Trust.
“There are plans to establish a working group specifically on this issue, and we would welcome new people to join this effort.”
On the Herald’s Facebook page, readers voiced their concerns about another vacant building in the town centre.
One remarked: “It’s another blow to the attempts to retain some sense of vibrancy in the town centre. Moving the police station from the centre of town to the outskirts is meant to ‘improve visibility’ to the people in town? That sounds like a very poor joke at the expense of Crieff’s inhabitants.”
Another added: “What will happen to the station after a move?? Another building left to rot. Just what we all want to see in town!”
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