Nigel Long

Liberal Democrat Campaigner for St. Mary's Ward, Andover Learn more

Andover’s court to close

by nigellong on 8 February, 2012

News that Andover’s only court is to be closed has been confirmed by a spokesman of (HMCS). The magistrates court will shut in April 2013. It will be one of three courts in Hampshire earmarked for closure, with Basingstoke taking all of Andover’s workload. The decision was taken after a consultation report found that the court sits only two days a week & space there was limited. There is no custody facility that could be used either. To bring the building up to date with modern access requirements, it would have to have £218,000 of work done. it is estimated that maintenance work will cost £370,000 plus running costs at more than £183,000 a year. No staff are employed at the Andover court. The staff from nearby Basingstoke currently serve the court.

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