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Police Scotland say that in each of the stations where demand analysis was carried out, the police demand for admin and clerical services far outweighed the percentage of public demand for the services.
However the proposals have not gone down well in the two towns.
MSP for Rutherglen and Cambuslang James Kelly said: "The issue is that this debate shouldn't be about a choice between having public counters open 24/7 or having police on the beat.
Chief inspector for Rutherglen Police Office Craig Ritchie said: "Police Scotland is committed to delivering the best possible service to the public.
could be retained. However these proposals look set to weaken that link."
"I can appreciate that it's to do with costs, but what about the practicalities of someone finding a piece of lost property, and they can't hand it in at their local police office if there's no one there to do it because the office is closed to the public?"
Similar plans were first raised last year.
MP Tom Greatrex said: "These proposals are very worrying and it is regrettable that one of the first moves of the national single police force is to reduce the opening times for the public counter in Rutherglen and close it in Cambuslang."
Community unhappy with plans for Rutherglen and Cambuslang Police Stations
Rutherglen Community Council chair Tommy Rooney said: "A town like Rutherglen that hasn't got a police station operational 24 hours a day is very sad indeed. I don't think members of the community council will be pleased."
"I have great concerns at the closure of Cambuslang to the public, and also of the reduced hours at Rutherglen.
"To the contrary this will allow us to put more officers into front line duties and in reality it will mean we can have more police officers within our communities doing the job we all need them to do, in the right places at the right time."
Commenting on Cambuslang, councillor Richard Tullett said: "Like both Tom and James, I encourage everyone who is concerned about this to make their views known. "
And Cambuslang station would have no public counter provision. It is currently open from 8am 7pm seven days a week.
"I would like to reassure the public and stress that the proposals currently being discussed under no circumstances mean the closure of our local police offices and a dilution of police services.
His Cambuslang counterpart Iain McKenzie reckons the proposed change is bad news: "This will be raised at the next meeting of our community council in two weeks' time.
The public body has conducted a review of public counter service across their 14 divisions with public counter logs being created to capture key data relating to visitors attending at the stations.
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community has reacted with dismay after Police Scotland published proposals to close public access to Cambuslang Police Office and reduce the opening hours in Rutherglen.
"A vital part of this is ensuring we make maximum use of the resources we have, particularly in the challenging financial climate in which we are now in.
"Communities should be able to be speak to a police office face to face and have strong community policing teams. When the national police force was set up, Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow Gmt
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