Cambridge Magistrates’ Court stays open

Excellent news that Cambridge Magistrates’ Court is not to close after all.

In a written statement, Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke MP said today:

I have concluded that the proposal to close Cambridge Magistrates’ Court should be withdrawn. This proposal received the largest number of responses to the consultation and the decision to consult was a finely balanced one, not least because this is a court in a strategic centre serving a large surrounding area. There is excess court capacity in the area but, following new information regarding the likely proceeds of disposal and consideration of the cost of re-provision, I have concluded the value-for-money case for closure has not been made.

I proposed a motion to the County Council earlier this year, calling for Cambridge Magistrates’ Court to be kept open – but it was defeated when Conservative councillors failed to support it.

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