Councillors lament closure of Grays magistrates

A LEADING Thurrock councillor has blasted the decision to close Grays magistrates court.

Speaking at a meeting of the full council, portfolio holder for childrens’ services, cllr Diana Hale pointed to the possible problems that may well occur once the courts close on March 31st.

She said: “We had a wonderful presentation by the Youth Offending Service recently and they explained all the good work that they do. It is clear that it is all about building up relationships at court. That will all go out the window when it closes.”

However what remains a mystery was the apparent lack of protest against the closure. This contrasted with Harlow magistrates court where key agencies worked together with councillors to co-ordinate a high profile campaign to keep their court open. They succeeded.

One member of staff at Grays magistrates court, who did not wish to be named, said: “We didn’t hear one word from any of the councillors. It is no use whingeing now. Where were you when we needed you?

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