Date lodged: 18 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the proposed closure of 58 Police Scotland buildings, including police stations, which was announced in November 2016.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 September 2017
The responsibility for the police estate sits with the Scottish Police Authority.
At its meeting on 28 September 2017, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) approved a proposal for Police Scotland to formally engage with local communities, partners and stakeholders in respect of 53 empty - or soon to be empty - premises which they propose are no longer required to provide policing services.
The 58 locations identified by Police Scotland, through an FOI release, in November 2016 were to be subject to consultation and a range of outcomes were anticipated. Formal consultation on the disposal of 18 of these locations will be undertaken as part of the forthcoming exercise. Consultations have already been undertaken on a further six locations, with disposal agreed by the SPA. The remaining 34 locations are not being considered for disposal.