Union slams plans to axe Buxton magistrates

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

Proposals to close courts up and down the country, including Buxton’s magistrates, have been slammed by a trade union.

A consultation started on July 16 on Government proposals to close 91 courts across the country, as part of the plans to reform courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court, which is situated on Terrace Road, is one of the 91 courts earmarked for closure.

Trade union GMB are now calling on the Justice Secretary Michael Gove to ‘re-think’ the proposals.

Stuart Harrison, GMB organiser in the West Midlands, said: “The government proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals will not only affect GMB members but front of house staff, security, custody staff and escort drivers.

“GMB members at GEO Amey for example are very concerned for their jobs, some with young families as they listen and read about the closures in newspapers and on TV.

“GMB are in the process of visiting these courts to talk to members about the affect these changes will have.

“We are calling on Michael Gove to rethink.

“This will not only put people out of work, but will also increase travelling time and cost for any relocations available.”

The consultation ends on 8 October 2015.