‘No plans to cut Rothesay opening hours’, says Bute police inspector

Inspector Ewan Wilson.
Inspector Ewan Wilson.

The new police inspector with responsibility for Bute says he doesn’t envisage any reduction in the opening hours of Rothesay’s police station.

Ewan Wilson told The Buteman this week that he could not foresee Rothesay having to follow in the footsteps of the 65 stations across Scotland where front counter opening times were cut, or abolished altogether, last year.

Rothesay retained its 24/7 opening hours in that review, and Inspector Wilson, who splits his working week between Rothesay and Dunoon, said: “If we get a prisoner in overnight we have to take them in - we don’t have the luxury of transferring them to a 24/7 mainland office.

“I think it’s more cost-effective to keep Rothesay open 24/7. And you’re always going to have officers on duty 24/7. I don’t think we can change the opening hours here.”

* For more from our interview with Inspector Wilson - including his impressions of the police team and the community on Bute, his policing priorities for the island, and his reaction to last month’s £900,000 cannabis haul in Port Bannatyne - see the November 13 issue of The Buteman, on sale now.