Port Talbot Magistrates Court

November 6, 2016
Neath Magistrates Court to

The closure would keep Neath Port Talbot without a magistrates' courtroom in boroughImage caption The closing leaves Neath Port Talbot without a magistrates' courtroom within the borough

The magistrates' courtroom in Neath would be to close and its work would be utilized in Swansea, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has said.

The building, which opened in 1977, needs a lot more than £1m of work therefore the closure will conserve about £220, 000 annually in operating prices.

It will probably today be demolished as part of the £13m redevelopment of Neath town centre.

An appointment on the courtroom's future took place last year.

No date was provided for closure.


It's disgusting that a county borough of 138, 000 individuals have no magistrates courtJohn Rogers, Magistrate

"After consideration regarding the reactions into assessment, the us government features decided that Neath Magistrates' Court should shut, " an HMCTS representative said.

"The judge is in a location of Neath town center this is certainly suggested for redevelopment.

"It is at this time underutilised and requires considerable expenditure on maintenance which does not represent the very best usage of our minimal resources.

"we're invested in making certain we consistently supply judge and tribunal users with effective usage of justice while pursuing techniques to do so cheaper and alongside our efforts to improve the efficiency for the justice system all together, " the spokesperson added.

Your decision is an additional blow to Neath Port Talbot with already lost the magistrates' courtroom in Port Talbot.

A choice to move to the nearby county court in Neath ended up being fallen over costs.

'regional justice'

One magistrate is stepping straight down through the bench on the most recent decision.

Image caption intends to redevelop Neath city center include demolishing the courtroom in Neath

John Rogers, a councillor in Port Talbot, stated: "It's disgusting that a county borough of 138, 000 people have no magistrates courtroom.

"Local justice has been in existence since 1361 and also the elimination of neighborhood justice from Neath Port Talbot indicates i'll not any longer manage to remain with local people discussing neighborhood matters.

"i am carrying this out 25 many years but I will not be planning Swansea. I have got absolutely nothing against Swansea but I think in neighborhood justice."

Neath in the morning Gwenda Thomas said 90per cent of the participants into consultation opposed the closure.

She added: "we, and many others, made powerful arguments for keeping the court service in Neath. This choice will damage judge users, the administration of justice as well as the economy of Neath town center.

"By considerably increasing the trip time for witnesses and defendants, this move will induce even more missed courtroom times, more cancelled studies plus expense."

Source: www.bbc.co.uk
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