Local Politicians Continuing Campaign to Save Ammanford Court

Ammanford’s local MP and AM have continued their opposition to the Conservative-Lib Dem plans to close the town’s magistrate’s court. Jonathan Edwards MP has now written to the government Minister responsible for the closure detailing the strong case for retaining the service locally.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“I simply do not accept there is a justified case for closing the service. There are a number of factors that need to be considered. Ammanford’s court has recently undergone an expensive refurbishment that has brought the facilities standards up. To close it now would be a complete waste of time and money.

There are also concerns about the fact the town will lose the link between the community and local justice. This is something that is vital to the area.

I am also very worried about the future of jobs in the town as closing the court will certainly have a negative impact on employment in the area. This is at a time when people are already struggling to make ends meet.

These are all issues that I have highlighted to the Minister and I am hoping that he will take note of the damage these plans will have and reverse the decision.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“I, alongside many local people, campaigned hard to save the Llandovery court services when they were closed some time back. The justification for that closure was that the distance to Ammanford Magistrates court was not unreasonable. However, with this plan people from the North of the county in areas such as Llandovery, Rhandirmwyn and Cilycwm will now have to make an even further journey. The proposals are totally unreasonable and impractical. Public transport services are not up to scratch and the added cost will be a huge burden for those having to attend court.

Clearly the ConDem government in Westminster have not given any consideration to how this closure will impact not only on people in the Amman Valley but right across the county.”

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