Closure rumours ‘untrue’ at the court

Rumours that Boston’s courthouse is to close its doors have been denied by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals service (HMCTS).

Concerns had been raised that the magistrates’ court on Norfolk Street would be one of the next in line for closure as part of a programme of sweeping Government cuts.

But last week a spokesman for the body which runs courts across the UK confirmed the building would remain open and in use for the forseeable future.

He told The Standard: “There are no current plans to close the Boston Magistrates’ Court.

“HMCTS continues to keep the use of its estate under review to ensure it meets operational requirements.

“Any new proposals to close courts beyond those already announced will be subject to consultation.”

The nearest magistrates’ court to Boston is in Spalding – but that faces an uncertain future.

A number of courts around the UK have already been shut under coalition plans to cut costs.

A campaign is under way to try to save Spalding’s court from the axe.