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Holywell Town Council ‘disappointed’ by decision to close Flint Magistrates’ Court

HOLYWELL councillors have hit out at the Government’s decision to close the magistrates court in Flint.

The closure of the courthouse was announced earlier this month following a court reform consultation which started in June.

At a meeting of Holywell Town Council last week members expressed their disappointment at the decision.

Cllr Richard Spain said: “The only magistrates court left in Flintshire is in Mold, which for many parts of the county isn’t as accessible as Flint.”

Former magistrate Cllr Karin Davies said: “When I started as a magistrate it was local justice for local people. That’s gone now.

“I feel sorry for the people who have to get to the court.

“Some people are unemployed or on low wages and it costs quite a lot of money to get to Mold on public transport.”

Flint Magistrates’ Court is one of 93 magistrates courts and 49 county courts due to close under the coalition Government’s cost-cutting plans.

Mayor of Holywell Cllr Peter Curtis raised concerns about the time it would take for cases to get heard.

He said: “There is a backlog of cases already, if courts close then some of these cases may never get heard.”