A U-turn on plans to close the public counter at Tranent Police Station has been welcomed by local politicians and people living the community.
The facility had been earmarked for closure under Police Scotland cuts in the Lothians, but a campaign to keep it open, led by Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP, has led to a re-think.
Minor changes to Tranent’s current opening hours (Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm) would also see Haddington’s facility switch to a Monday-Friday operation rather than over seven days.
A petition signed by nearly 500 local people will be submitted to Police Scotland this week to help underline the local support for keeping the front counter open.
Mr Gray said: “This new proposal is a victory for local people in Tranent.
“I am glad that the police are listening to my constituents.
“It is a pity that Haddington will see a slight reduction in public hours, but, overall, the new proposal has to be welcomed as common sense.
“Local people have done a great job in campaigning against these closures and we need to keep the campaign up for other stations in the Lothians and to make sure Tranent staying open is confirmed.
“We still have a problem in East Lothian with proposals to get rid of our traffic wardens and I hope that the on-going talks between the police and East Lothian Council on that issue bear fruit, too.”
The campaign also received the backing of Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council.