£500k spent on Abergavenny court facing axe

South Wales Argus: SWA/MIKE LEWIS 14 12 10 REPORTER BEN
ABERGAVENNY MAGISTRATES COURT WHICH HAS BEEN SAVED FROM CLOSURE (7024587) SWA/MIKE LEWIS 14 12 10 REPORTER BEN ABERGAVENNY MAGISTRATES COURT WHICH HAS BEEN SAVED FROM CLOSURE (7024587)

THE MP for Monmouth, David Davies, says he is disappointed over news that Abergavenny Magistrates Court could be closed to save costs.

Meanwhile, the Tory leader of Monmouthshire council, Councillor Peter Fox has suggested he is open to the possibility of magistrates courts being hosted in council buildings.

Both Abergavenny and Caerphilly magistrates courts are facing closure, with the Ministry of Justice saying both are in a poor state of repair.

That’s despite the Abergavenny court, which faced closure in 2010, being given a £500,000 refurbishment that year.

A consultation on the matter is running until July 21.

Mr Davies said he was going to ask the minister involved to ask for details of the costs and benefits of the proposals, “so I can go through them with a fine-tooth comb.”

Mr Davies said he understood “it would cost a lot of money to bring it (the Abergavenny court) up to standards required” and said it “would seem” the £500,000 spent in 2010 was money wasted.

The Argus asked if he would oppose the proposals: “Quite possibly. I want to see the costs and benefits first.”

Cllr Fox said: “Local people need local access to justice and making it more difficult for them to get to a court would be a backward step.

“I know that funds are tight, but there are better ways of dealing with that than simply closing things.

“I’d be very happy to talk to the Ministry of Justice about them holding magistrates courts in council buildings. These are better located for the people of Monmouthshire than Cwmbran or Newport .”

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5:55pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Half a mill pales into insignificance against the carriers with no aircraft to carry but why does the State do things so badly? Law of averages says it should get something right occasionally
Half a mill pales into insignificance against the carriers with no aircraft to carry but why does the State do things so badly? Law of averages says it should get something right occasionally Dai Rear
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6:09pm Wed 11 Jun 14

cornucopia of crapitude says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Half a mill pales into insignificance against the carriers with no aircraft to carry but why does the State do things so badly? Law of averages says it should get something right occasionally
Perhaps it's because the State was forced to bail out the banking sector with hundreds of billions of pounds? It's just as well that the State doesn't behave like RBS, Lloyds etc or we really would be done for!
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Half a mill pales into insignificance against the carriers with no aircraft to carry but why does the State do things so badly? Law of averages says it should get something right occasionally[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's because the State was forced to bail out the banking sector with hundreds of billions of pounds? It's just as well that the State doesn't behave like RBS, Lloyds etc or we really would be done for! cornucopia of crapitude
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9:16pm Wed 11 Jun 14

varteg1 says...

Not too many years ago they built a brand new purpose built county court in :Pontypool.
As a completely detached building , with, I believe, a large car park, it is quite sound and the only problem is, it's internal facilities are virtually unsuited for any other use than the purpose for which it was constructed.

Today, and for about a year or more the external wall carries a large "for sale" sign

Unless a solicitor or a doctor practice buys it, it is likely to remain 'for sale' for some considerable time.

Asking price 295,000 plus VAT, rates 25 grand a year....and that.'s a 'reduced' price.

Any takers?
Not too many years ago they built a brand new purpose built county court in :Pontypool. As a completely detached building , with, I believe, a large car park, it is quite sound and the only problem is, it's internal facilities are virtually unsuited for any other use than the purpose for which it was constructed. Today, and for about a year or more the external wall carries a large "for sale" sign Unless a solicitor or a doctor practice buys it, it is likely to remain 'for sale' for some considerable time. Asking price 295,000 plus VAT, rates 25 grand a year....and that.'s a 'reduced' price. Any takers? varteg1
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3:37am Thu 12 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

cornucopia of crapitude wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Half a mill pales into insignificance against the carriers with no aircraft to carry but why does the State do things so badly? Law of averages says it should get something right occasionally
Perhaps it's because the State was forced to bail out the banking sector with hundreds of billions of pounds? It's just as well that the State doesn't behave like RBS, Lloyds etc or we really would be done for!
"Bailing out" people's stupidity in over-borrowing doesn't seem to have anything to do with spending £500,000 for nothing. Explain.
[quote][p][bold]cornucopia of crapitude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Half a mill pales into insignificance against the carriers with no aircraft to carry but why does the State do things so badly? Law of averages says it should get something right occasionally[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's because the State was forced to bail out the banking sector with hundreds of billions of pounds? It's just as well that the State doesn't behave like RBS, Lloyds etc or we really would be done for![/p][/quote]"Bailing out" people's stupidity in over-borrowing doesn't seem to have anything to do with spending £500,000 for nothing. Explain. Dai Rear
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