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Police buildings in Dunvegan and Broadford are among 53 which Police Scotland has said it is considering closing across Scotland.

The force is seeking permission from the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to open a "public engagement exercise" on the future of the buildings.

Forty-three of the buildings are currently empty, but the others are still used as a base for police officers or staff.

The properties were selected after a review of the entire police estate.  Twelve properties are being considered for closure in the Highlands and Islands, as well as nine across north-east Scotland.

The (SPA) is meeting tomorrow  (Thursday September 28th)  to consider the proposal.

Police properties under review in the Highlands and Islands are at : Invergordon, Brora, Lairg, Bonar Bridge, Fortrose, Bettyhill, Dunvegan, Broadford, Lochboisdale, Sumburgh, Baltasound, Whalsay,

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cowie said the force had inherited a large estate "based on legacy arrangements", with many buildings not suited to modern policing.
"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," he said.

The force originally had a list 58 buildings it was considering for closure as part of a review of estate strategy established in 2015.   It said then that the move could generate annual revenue savings of between £5m and £18m a year and property sales could raise up to £34m for the force.

If the SPA approves the decision, Police Scotland would begin a three-month consultation process with staff, local communities and partners.

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