East Lothian Council

Council and Police Scotland consider collaborative working proposals

Published Tuesday 11th October 16

Haddington Sheriff Court

Agreement for further consultation to co-location proposals of police and council

Councillors at today’s (Tuesday 11 October) Cabinet meeting agreed in principle to the co-location of police and council functions within the John Muir House campus in Haddington.

The proposals are to move the police officers based in Haddington Police Station into accommodation on the first floor of the former Haddington Sheriff Courts and space within John Muir House. Police front counter police services would be maintained and Haddington Police Station would then be assessed by Police Scotland for sale or reuse.

Consultation will take place with stakeholders and the public before any decision is made to proceed with the plans.

The decision reflects the agreement signed by East Lothian Council Chief Executive Angela Leitch and Divisional Commander for the Lothians and Scottish Borders, Chief Superintendent Ivor Marshall, pledging to increase partnership working to further improve local services.

East Lothian Council Leader, Cllr Willie Innes, said:

“Public sector partners regularly meet to consider ways of improving services by closer working practices and sharing examples of best practice. The loss of the Sheriff Courts in Haddington has resulted in considerable accommodation space left vacant in the front of East Lothian Council’s John Muir House. Following discussions with Police Scotland it has been agreed to consult further on the proposals to move staff from Haddington Police Station into the vacated space.

“East Lothian Council believes such a move will provide considerable benefits to both organisations but more importantly will also greatly enhance our collaborative working resulting in improved service delivery for local residents.”

Chief Inspector Matt Paden, Local Area Commander for East Lothian, said:

“Police Scotland is committed to working closely with all our relevant partners to ensure we can all provide the highest level of service to the public as efficiently as possible.

“Joint facilities are proven to be the best way to deliver this, and we will be consulting with those who use and contribute to our services to ensure that we get the best from any new partnership premises.

“I want to reassure the public that any potential move from Haddington Police Station will have no impact on the level of local policing we provide in the area. We will continue to be a visible and engaging presence within the community and a front counter service will be maintained at any new facility.”

As part of the Scottish Court Service reforms, a decision was taken to close Haddington Sheriff Court with business transferring to Edinburgh in January 2015. East Lothian Council took operational ownership of the building in December 2015 presenting the council with significant opportunities in terms of extending accommodation for staff and/or community partner use.

Parts of the building date back to 1833 and are of historical interest with Grade B listing. Recent condition reports have highlighted a range of issues requiring attention with expenditure of £650,000 estimated to bring the building up to a minimum standard. Further investment will be required to make the available space suitable for modern office use.

Details of how the public can have their say on the proposals will be announced in due course.

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