AM and MP Oppose Court Closure in Official Consultation

Local politicians fighting to save Ammanford Magistrates Court have submitted their response to the consultation process. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP have written to the consultation team outlining point by point the numerous factors the pair believe have not been considered. Both are urging residents throughout the county who rely on the service to put forward their opposition to the closures before the consultation closes on September 15th.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“I would urge as many people as possible to submit their views to the consultation process. It is vitally important that if we are to have any chance of saving the court that the strength of opposition locally is made clear. People are passionately opposed to these closure plans and that needs to be expressed.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“We have made it clear in our representations, as part of the consultation process, that there are a range of factors that we believe make the court closure a huge mistake. We believe that it will lead to increased costs, increased travel, increases in the number of people failing to turn up to court and a decrease in the number of victims of crime receiving justice. There is little doubt that the plans have failed to take into account the geographical, social or economic impacts the closure will have on the community.”

DIWEDD / ENDS

Nodiadau / Notes:

Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation should send their views to:

FAO Stephen Whale

Director, Courts Transformation (Wales)

HMCS Wales

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff CF10 2HH

stephen.whale@hmcourts-service.gsi.gov.uk

02920 678 304 (Phone)

02920 678 406 (Fax)

http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-cp15-10.htm

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