Highlands and Islands Scottish Conservative MSP, Donald Cameron has called for major improvements at Oban Police Station, and other stations in Argyll and Bute, following discussions with local police officers based in Oban.
However, he said he was reassured that the condition of the building, although poor, is not compromising operational effectiveness.
Donald said: “Like many local people, I was shocked by the photographs I saw following the “Deep Dive” report prepared by the Scottish Police Federation on the condition of police stations across Argyll, and particularly the station in Oban.
“I am grateful to local officers for discussing the situation with me in Oban this week and I admire the fact that, despite these substandard facilities, our police continue to work and perform at the highest levels of service.
“However, the public must have confidence that our police officers are operating in a safe environment and that working conditions are not compromising their ability to carry out their responsibilities. Police officers carry out a demanding and often dangerous job on our behalf, and operating out of old and neglected buildings is simply unacceptable.
“It is clear that conditions are poor and I am dismayed that so many stations across Argyll and Bute appear to be substandard.
“Although there have been calls to close the stations at Oban and Lochgilphead immediately, I do not think that is strictly necessary, so long as there is a serious commitment by the Police Service to improve working conditions for staff and ensure that the areas used for custody are fit for purpose. We must see major improvements, and we must see them made very quickly indeed.
“I can assure concerned local residents that I will be questioning Scottish Government ministers in Parliament this week on the matter, and will be monitoring the situation to make sure the promised improvements actually happen.”