£59,000 Wasted On Court To Be Closed

It has been revealed in a reply to an emergency written question by Jonathan Edwards MP, that £59,000 was spent on refurbishing Ammanford court only a few weeks before the Conservative – Lib Dem UK decided to close it. The decision to shut the facility has been widely criticised for ignoring considerations for how local people can get to court as well as breaking the link between the local community and justice. Now Jonathan, and his constituency colleague Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, have slammed the ConDem government for wasting public money by shutting the court after so much public money has recently been spent on improving the site.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“It is ridiculous that £59,000 of public money has been spent on refurbishing Ammanford court only for the Conservative – Lib Dem government to decide to close it at the first opportunity they get. No consideration has been given to these recent improvements, no considerations have been given to the jobs that will be effected by this and no consideration has been given to the implications it will have on the local community.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“Only a few months back after I wrote to the Court Services I was given assurances that the court would have a secured future and that expensive refurbishments would be completed. I am shocked that having received those assurances, and having seen £59,000 of public money used to upgrade the court, the UK government could be so quick to see the facility closed. It is disgraceful.”

DIWEDD / ENDS

Nodiadau / Notes:

Magistrates Courts: Ammanford

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on the recent refurbishments of Ammanford Magistrates’ Court. [4713]

Mr Djanogly: £59,000 was spent on refurbishments and maintenance work at Ammanford magistrates court in the 2009-10 financial year. With the exception of £5,000 spent on re-lamping works, the expenditure was necessary in order to secure a water-tight and structurally sound building

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