A proposal for the Town Council to formally object to the closure was unanimously supported at a recent council meeting. In proposing the stance, Stroud’s Deputy Mayor John Marjoram said that he feared moving hearings to Gloucester will make it impossible for many offenders, victims and witnesses who rely on public transport.
‘It’s also vital that such justice should done and should be seen to be done locally, by magisatres who know and care about the local area,” he said. ‘We want to retain such facilities within our community.’
The Home Office announced the plans in July to help meet its budget deficit. However local solicitors have claimed the projected £50,000 saving will simply be lost in extra costs elsewhere.
Article added online : 2nd August 2010
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