NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay disputes decision to close Fenland Magistrates’ Court in Wisbech
STEVE Barclay MP has disputed the decision to close Fenland Magistrates’ Court, describing it as “of unique importance to the local area”.
The NE Cambs MP spoke out after the government announced that the court, in Wisbech, will close. The decision was announced in the House of Commons yesterday by Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly.
Ely Magistrates’ Court will also close, despite Mr Barclay’s pleas to move the work currently done at Ely to Wisbech. He accepted the closure of Ely Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Barclay said: “I believe that the Minister has made the wrong decision in relation to Wisbech magistrates. I put forward proposals which would have made the court the most efficient in the area, yet he declined to take these up.
“Whilst I recognise that savings need to be made because of the legacy of debt left by Labour, and that these were cuts they were committed to making, Wisbech Magistrates Court is of unique importance to the local area.”