Legion marching closer with plans for former magistrates’ courthouse

The former Spalding Magistrates' Court.
The former Spalding Magistrates' Court.
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Courts minister Shailesh Vara has welcomed plans that could see the Royal British Legion marching into the former Spalding magistrates’ courthouse.

Following a recent meeting with John Hayes, he said he was grateful to the South Holland and District MP for highlighting his proposals for the future use of the court building.

Now Mr Hayes is calling for further meetings with the RBL, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), and the Ministry of Justice to “progress this plan”.

He said: “Following on from previous discussions with the president of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion Terry Moore, we have a really exciting and workable plan.

“I am delighted that the Spalding branch of the RBL is heading a group of charities interested in moving into the premises.

“No-one wants to see a repeat of what happened in Boston under the last Labour government, where the former court building was closed and has since been left empty and neglected for the best part of a decade.”

Last month, Justice Secretary Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling said he was “extremely sympathetic” to plans for the facility to be used by community groups and charities when Mr Hayes and Spalding branch RBL president Terry Moore met with him in London.

Mr Moore said: “John has come up with an exciting proposal which we, the Royal British Legion, are very keen to explore, to try and continue using one of Spalding most iconic buildings.”