Cambridge Magistrates Court Saved

24 July 2018, 18:44 | Updated: 24 July 2018, 18:49

Cambridge Magistrates'

Cambridge Magistrates Court won't now be shut down, but seven others around the country, will.

The Ministry of Justice made the announcement today after a campaign to save site in Cambridge after a 6-month consultation's been successful.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said the proposals for the closure of the Cambridge court had received the largest number of responses.

Despite the court having excess capacity, closure would not be value for money, he said.

Mr Gauke said:

"All money raised from the sale of these buildings will be reinvested into the justice system, and we want to reassure communities that those affected by closures will have access to alternative courts.

We must ensure we use public money effectively and make decisions in the best interest of the wider justice system."

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, has welcomed the news saying:

"This is great and deserved news for Cambridge given the growing Magistrates Court workload, the problems local people would face getting to Huntingdon or Peterborough, and the £18m spent by the Ministry of Justice refurbishing the Cambridge court so recently.

I would also like to say a big thank you also to all the residents, lawyers and magistrates who responded so forcefully to the recent Government consultation and particularly to our two MPs, Daniel Zeichner and Heidi Allen, for their pressure on the Government to change its mind.”