Days could be numbered for Falkirk’s One Stop Shops

Camelon One Stop Shop is closed until further notice''Picture: Michael Gillen
Camelon One Stop Shop is closed until further notice''Picture: Michael Gillen

The public could find themselves visiting community centres and libraries to pay their rent and council tax.

It has been revealed that, in a further money-saving move, Falkirk Council is considering amalgamating services and shutting its One Stop Shops.

However, Councillor Craig Martin, council leader, said the local authority wasn’t cutting the service but rather looking at better ways of utilising its facilities.

The news comes as residents in Camelon have been told the One Stop Shop in the Main Street will be closed until further notice due to essential repairs.

Mr Martin said the move to amalgamate services was in response to the pre-budget consultation where members of the public had put forward the idea of reducing the seven One Stop Shops to one.

There are currently offices in Falkirk, Camelon, Dawson, Denny, Grangemouth, Stenhousemuir and Bo’ness.

The council leader added: “It’s certainly not a case that we are considering closing facilities and losing the services they offer. One Stop Shops may close but there will be alternatives offered to our communities which may suit them even better.

“This option was put forward during the recent consultation where the public told us they thought we had too many offices.

“However, I can give an assurance that if there are changes made, we will still be delivering the same services.”

The Camelon One Stop Shop is closed for essential drainage work.

A council spokesman said: “This is a temporary closure, however, given the age of the building there is quite a lot of work needing to be carried out.”

He added that the staff who normally worked in the building had been temporarily relocated.

Apologising for the inconvenience, he said that the public had several options to pay council bills. This includes at the Post Office in the Spar store next door or any other post office, by direct debit, online or by calling (01324) 508585.