MP stands firm in fight to save court

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MP John Hayes is taking his fight to save Spalding Magistrates’ Court to Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling.

The court has lost sittings and Mr Hayes fears it is being closed “by stealth”.

He questioned senior members of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and South Lincolnshire magistrates in Parliament about a fall in listings and closure on dubious 
health and safety grounds of its cells.

The South Holland and the Deepings MP said: “I made the case very strongly that I felt there was a powerful and enduring case for a magistrates’ court in Spalding.”

The court survived closure two years ago and, since then, little seemed to have changed “apart from the in quotes healthy and safety report which led to the closure of the custody facilities”.

The MP continued: “I asked the question in what way is the court less safe than it was two years ago? They couldn’t answer that question.”

He was assured at Tuesday’s meeting that listings fell by 25 per cent at all Lincolnshire courts and cases are heard in Spalding when defendants choose.