Talks to open Spalding’s court for community use

Talks to be held in London on court being used by community groups.

Talks to be held in London on court being used by community groups.

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Talks will be held in London with the Justice Minister to try to open Spalding Magistrates’ Court – the Sessions House – as a building for community use.

Terry More, president of Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL), wants information on things like ballpark running costs – and to find out if internal alterations can be made to the grade II* listed building – before any decision is made to press ahead.

It (court 1) could be used as a museum, which it virtually is at the moment.

RBL president Terry Moore

He said: “It’s very much in the exploratory stage at the moment. We are just trying to work out if it’s fit for purpose.

“If we are going to bring it into the 21st Century, it would be ideal to have a lift and they cost an enormous amount of money.

“I would like to lease it if we can and then I would like to open it up to the community, because I think it would be a fantastic community building, and to get different organisations in it.”

The biggest room, court 1 on the upper storey, would be out of reach for the frail elderly and the disabled so a lift is seen as an essential at some stage.

Mr Moore said: “It (court 1) could be used as a museum, which it virtually is at the moment.”

The court shut on December 19, 2013 and South Holland MP John Hayes suggested then it could be a new home for the RBL and other community groups. The London talks take place in a month’s time.

Previously ...

Legion marching closer with plans for former magistrates’ courthouse

Court closed after consultation sham

Magistrates’ court fight goes back to the top