Police Scotland has announced it's to move to new premises in Ayr.

Officers and staff will relocate from their current building in King Street to Newton House in Green Street Lane next month.

The move will take place between over five days next month - but the public counter at Newton House, which Police Scotland is taking on from South Ayrshire Council, is already open to the public. 

The public counter at the old King Street building will remain open until the move - which is scheduled to take place between May 9 and 12 - has been completed.

Police Scotland will occupy the full building at Newton House, which has been refurbished internally to provide a more modern and functional working environment.

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Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain, Police Scotland's Ayrshire divisional commander, said: “Ayr police station in King Street is a much loved building that has been at the heart of delivering policing services in Ayrshire for almost 50 years, having opened in May 1975.

"However, the building is no longer fit for purpose for modern policing, and relocating nearby is cost effective and keeps officers in the community.

“Through our excellent working relationship with South Ayrshire Council, we identified Newton House as a location that would enable policing services to continue to be delivered in Ayr.  

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“Newton House brings to life the vision of Police Scotland’s estates strategy, which not only facilitates greater partnership working but also helps to reduce the costs of maintaining unsuitable public sector buildings.

“The move to Newton House will mean a real improvement to the working environment for officers and staff, and there will continue to be an accessible public counter.

“Local engagement with elected members has been positive as the move will continue to see a high standard of service being maintained in Ayr and the surrounding towns, villages and communities.”

The new address for Ayr Police Station is Newton House, 30 Green Street Lane, Ayr, KA8 8BH