December 14, 2010
residents face 20 mile trip to nearest magistrates court
in the Burnham-On-Sea area will soon have to take a 20 mile trip
to Taunton - instead of a ten mile trip to Bridgwater - to visit
the nearest magistrates court.
cost-cutting measures announced by the government
on Tuesday afternoon (December 14th) will see
Sedgemoor Magistrates Court in Bridgwater (pictured) closing next
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.
Burnham-On-Sea councillor Neville Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is a sad day for local justice. As a former magistrate
myself, I strongly feel that justice must be seen to be done at
a local level in order to act as a deterrent."
"Over the past 20 years, we've seen Axbridge, Burnham and
now Bridgwater Magistrates Courts closed. A central court in Taunton
20 miles away just won't fufill the central plank of justice."
The decision to close Sedgemoor
Magistrates Court came from the Ministry of Justice,
which said a series of court closures nationwide will save taxpayers
in England and Wales £41.5m, plus a possible £38.5million
from the sale of assets.