The future of Selkirk Police Station will become clearer at a meeting later this month between police chiefs and union representatives.
A review has been launched by Police Scotland into opening hours of stations across the country, as the service reports a decrease in the amount of people attending public desks.
But with Police Scotland telling councillors via letter that it faces an “increasingly challenging financial climate”, there is a fear Selkirk could not just see its hours cut, but lose the facility all together.
Unison Scotland’s officer for police staff, Gerry Crawley, told us the July 24 meeting will discuss how the review will take place.
He added: “This will be a major issue, not just in the Borders, but across all rural areas of Scotland.”
At this week’s Community Council meeting, SBC councillor Gordon Edgar said: “We can’t safely say this (closure) will not happen. We were assured by the police (that the station would not close) a few years ago, but we were sceptical then. We are fully aware of what could happen.”
Fellow councillor Michelle Ballantyne said she was unhappy with being diverted to an operator in Edinburgh when trying to phone the Selkirk station.
Community Council member Ian King added: “We do have to work closely with the police, but the concern is that if you are having to phone someone who does not know the background or history of the community, you are on a hiding to nothing.”