Lincolnshire

Spalding Magistrates' Court closes after five answer consultation

Spalding Magistrates' Court Image copyright Google
Image caption No cases have been heard at Spalding Magistrates' Court since January.

A magistrates' court has closed for good after just five members of the public responded to a consultation on its future.

A Ministry of Justice report said no cases have been heard at the court in Spalding since January because of a reduction in workload and poor standards of accommodation.

Cases have been moved to Boston, 15 miles away.

It is unclear what will happen to the Grade-II listed building.

Access to justice

A total of 42 people responded to the consultation on the closure of the court, launched by the ministry in July.

The report said that just five were members of the public, with the others being magistrates, solicitors and politicians.

A total of 27 of the respondents were opposed to the closure, citing reasons including increased travel time for people in rural areas and the loss of access to local justice among.

"Although the travel time can be more than an hour from the more remote areas of the county, this must be considered in the context of the low workload originating in these areas and the infrequency that those residents would need to attend court," the report said.

The closure would save the Ministry of Justice £40,000 a year, it said.

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