Police plan to sell off former Tayside stations in cash boost bid

The Broughty Ferry police station could soon be sold off.

A string of empty or soon-to-be-vacated police stations across Tayside are set to be sold off or disposed of as the force bids to raise millions of pounds.

Proposals for a number of bases formerly used by officers are set to go before police chiefs for approval this week.

Among those they are planning to dispose of is Broughty Ferry Police Station in Brook Street, amid plans to move the area’s police hub across the road to No 116.

According to a report going before the Scottish Police Authority, only six staff or officers remain at the station, and the relocation is down to the expiry of the police’s lease on the building.

Other sites the force plans to no longer use include Longforgan, which has been empty since 2013 and is only used as an occasional stop-off point for officers; Muirhead, which has a similar status; Friockheim, which closed in 2013 and is not in use; and Letham, which has lain empty since 2010.

The force also plans to transfer the police mortuary in Dundee to the city’s university, as it is already used by staff there and no police resources occupy it.

Through a combination of cash gained through selling the buildings, and savings made by no longer paying for leases on certain properties, the Scottish Police Authority hopes that it will make £6.14 million by 2020/21 in capital receipts alone, with total revenue savings of more than £1.5m, from its buildings across the country.

A total of 53 properties have been identified for possible disposal.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cowie, strategic lead for estates change, said: “Police Scotland inherited a large estate, which was based on legacy arrangements.

“This estate was developed over a significant period of time when demands on policing were very different from current and anticipated future demands. As policing 2026 has demonstrated, the demands facing policing and the public expectation of policing in Scotland has evolved over time and will continue to evolve. However, the estate, which is crucial to the delivery of policing services, has not evolved and has largely remained as is.

“The review of the Police Scotland estate was conducted to ensure that it is fit for purpose and reflects the changing nature of policing and can support service delivery to local communities.

“There are a large number of properties currently empty, or soon to become empty, however they still have associated running costs.

“Such a position does not provide best value or help achieve financial sustainability.”
ACC Cowie said communities would be consulted on the plans.