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MP's plea to save Goole Magistrates' Court from closure

A plea to save Goole Magistrates' Court has been made in parliament by the town's new MP.

It follows a recent announcement by the Ministry of Justice that it is on a list of 103 courts across England and Wales being considered for closure.

Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole Andrew Percy led a debate in which he warned a "justice black hole" would be left if the closure went ahead.

Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said cost savings needed to be made.

He said several courts across the country were under-used.

'Little demand'

Mr Percy argued that Goole was one of the most deprived areas of the county, with many people on low incomes or in receipt of benefits.

He said he had "huge concerns" in terms of transport costs for those travelling to the next nearest magistrates court in Beverley.

Mr Djanogly said the lord chancellor's decision on whether to keep Goole Magistrates' Court open, or to close it, would not be easy - but suggested there were strong arguments for closure.

He said the court did not deliver "value for money to taxpayers" and added: "Given that we now know that there is so little demand for a magistrates court in Goole I find the argument to invest considerable public spending on a backlog maintenance work of around £80,000 in Goole, a difficult one to make."

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