NEWCASTLETON police station is to be sold.
The move, which was revealed last month, was rubber-stamped at a meeting of the Lothian and Borders Police Board this week.
It is expected to save in the region of £4,000, with plans to shut stations in Innerleithen and West Linton taking the total savings to just under £14,000.
At a recent meeting of Newcastleton Community Council fears were aired about the imminent sale, despite the facility being unused for some time.
In a letter to Chief Inspector Graham Sinclair, chairman Terry Murphy wrote: “The community is extremely concerned at the proposed removal of any police presence and feel that this can only be a retrograde step in the life and expansion of our area.”
A number of concerns were put forward including the loss of police signage; housing the police station inside the fire station or other community building; what happens in the event of a major incident – the station was used during the Lockerbie disaster and foot and mouth; and improved communication links with the police.
In a response to the letter, Chief Inspector Sinclair (pictured) said this week: “My understanding was that there was a qualification attached to the sale of Newcastleton concerning options to deliver a visible police presence in the community that also took account of the lack of mobile coverage.”