Ministers have been accused of failing to plan properly after public buildings are lying empty
New figures show one in six police buildings are not in daily use and there is more than a £1 million worth of dormant court premises.
Of 412 Police Scotland properties 60 are “not currently in day-to-day use”, according to a Conservative freedom of information request.
Meanwhile, sheriff and justice of the peace courts which have been shut but not sold total an estimated £1.13 million.
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We were critical of SNP plans to close police stations and court buildings from the outset
Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell
There was widespread anger in 2014 when police chiefs axed 61 station counters following the controversial merger of the country’s eight regional constabularies.
In November the single forced announced 58 station could be closed as part of a review of its estate.
Four years ago members of Holyrood’s justice committee narrowly voted five to four to close 17 courts after Nationalist MSPs dismissed warnings from opponents.
Police chiefs axed 61 station counters in 2014
At the time, opposition MSPs said the closures, which were put forward by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) and accepted by the Scottish Government, would leave remaining courts struggling to cope.
Scottish Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell, now convener of the committee, said: “We were critical of SNP plans to close police stations and court buildings from the outset.
“But what this shows is that those proposals went on regardless, without any thought as to what to do with the buildings.
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Members of Holyrood’s justice committee narrowly voted five to four to close 17 courts
“It’s yet another example of the SNP making sweeping decisions without even trying to think the whole process through.”
The Scottish Government said estate management was a matter for Police Scotland and its oversight body, the Scottish Police Authority.
It added court buildings were the responsibility for the SCTS.
In November the single forced announced 58 station could be closed
Police Scotland said a number of the buildings which are not in day-to-day use are still used occasionally, while others are subject to “ongoing engagement”.
Eric McQueen chief executive of the SCTS said closures were delivering £3.8 million of savings while the service has “clear disposal plans” for all surplus buildings.
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