MSP Seeks Clarity on Aberdeen Police HQ

North East MSP Ross Thomson has called on Police Scotland to provide clarity on the future of its Aberdeen HQ following reports that the building is rated as one of the worst in the country.

The Scottish Conservative MSP said there has been a “veil of uncertainty” hanging over the Queen Street base for some years now

The national force has been widely expected to declare the property surplus to requirements, but has not yet said publicly what will happen.

Aberdeen City Council’s approved masterplan for the city centre includes the relocation of the police headquarters and the creation of a “residential-led” mixed use development.

Media reports today following a Freedom of Information request revealed that the Queen Street building is one of the three worst in the Police Scotland estate in terms of disrepair.

Mr Thomson said: “I will be writing to Police Scotland to seek clarity on what decisions are being made with regard to this prominent building in the heart of Aberdeen city centre.

“There has been speculation locally and in the press for some years now that the force will move out of Queen Street and relocate elsewhere in the city or even to Aberdeenshire.

“There is even provision for the relocation within the Council’s masterplan for future development in the area.

“Now we hear that the building is in a state of disrepair, and one of only three in the country given the worst possible rating in the condition survey.

“This begs the question as to whether it this property is a suitable and indeed safe environment for the local force to be based.

“If Police Scotland plans to sell off this site, which is after all a public asset, then the force should come out and publicly say so.”