High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has urged residents to ensure they have their say on proposals to close Buxton’s magistrates court.
A consultation started yesterday (Thursday) on government proposals to close 91 courts across the country, as part of the plans to reform courts and tribunals in England in Wales.
The magistrates’ court in Buxton, which is situated on Terrace Road and is called High Peak Magistrates’ Court, also features the local county court.
Across the country, 57 magistrates, 19 county, two crown and nine combined courts plus four tribunal hearing centres have been earmarked for closure.
Mr Bingham said: “I am naturally very concerned over this. I have already spoken to the Minister about the proposals and will be meeting him next week to have further discussions on the matter.
“It is a consultation at this stage so I would urge people to take part in it to make the case for the retention of the court in the town.”
Documentation issued as part of the consultation states that the courts that have been earmarked for closure are either unused or underused.
It adds that even after the closures, should they go ahead, over 95 per cent of people should be able to reach their required court within an hour.
In rural locations, alternative ways for people to access the services could include using civic and other public buildings, such as town halls, for hearings.
The consultation closes on October 8.
For more information, see https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/proposal-on-the-provision-of-court-and-tribunal-es/user_uploads/reform-estates-national-consultation_official-sensitive_final.pdf.