South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has written to the Scottish Police Authority in an effort to persuade them to delay a decision, due to be made today (Thursday) about the closure of Dumfries Control Room.
Ms McAlpine expressed her concern that there has been a lack of local consultation on the issue. The SNP MSP also added her support to a motion put down in Parliament by Dr Elaine Murray, urging the Board to put back their decision in order to undertake a full consultation on the issue, meaning that the motion is now backed by all four major parties in the Scottish Parliament.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“Last Friday’s announcement has caused widespread shock and anger in the community. Six days’ notice of a decision of this magnitude is simply not good enough.
“People are very angry with this approach and I fully support them in that. I have written to both the Chief Constable and the Chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, to express those concerns but I also wanted to support Elaine Murray’s motion to show that all four parties in the Scottish Parliament are unhappy at how this has been handled.
“I sincerely hope that the members of the SPA Board will recognise the anger and dismay across Dumfries & Galloway and take more time to examine the alternatives.”