Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin welcomes review of court closure plans

Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed news that proposals to close Dudley’s criminal courts will be reviewed – but urged local people to continue campaigning to ensure the proposal is dropped for good.

The government is proposing the closure of criminal courts in Dudley, but local justice officials have announced that they will review the proposals and produce new plans.

The local Justice Issues Group said that this was a result of massive opposition from local Magistrates and other court users.

Austin welcomed the decision to review the plans and called on the government to drop them entirely.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I’m pleased our campaign has been listed to and that these plans will go back to the drawing board.

“The plans would make Dudley the largest town in the UK without a criminal court, damaging our town centre and ending local justice.

“I want to thank all the campaigners who wrote to me about this issue, signed the petition and objected to the closure in the consultation.”

“But we need to continue fighting for these plans to be dropped completely, and in the coming weeks I’ll be presenting our petition to Parliament and calling for a meeting with the Justice Secretary.”

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