December 15, 2010
MP raises court travel concerns in parliament
in the Burnham-On-Sea area may be able to attend courts in Weston,
instead of having to travel to Taunton when Sedgemoor Magistrates
Court in Bridgwater closes next year, the government said on Wednesday.
earlier this week how controversial cost-cutting measures
announced by the government will lead to Sedgemoor Magistrates
Court in Bridgwater closing next year, with all its workload moving
to Taunton. It means the nearest court to Burnham will
be Taunton Deane Magistrates Court, which is over 20 miles away.
The issue was brought up in parliament by Burnham's MP, Tessa
Munt, and Jonathan Djanogly, Parliamentary Under Secretary of
State for HM Courts Service and Legal Aid, responded: "Consideration
is to be given to those who live in the north of the area, in
terms of having their cases heard at a more convenient court in
the Avon and Somerset area."
It comes after Tessa Munt stated: "I would like to tell
the Minister about my concerns for the people who live in rural
Somerset. The Government intend to close Bridgwater Court and
Frome Court, which, as the Lord Chief Justice has recognised,
will leave any number of people unable to reach a court inside
one day's travel by public transport."