Questions raised over £120k revamp for Boston court house

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court
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Court bosses will be spending £120,000 on revamping Boston Magistrates’ Court including improved disabled access.

The investment has been criticised by South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes, who labelled it ‘bizarre’ and ‘unnecessary’.

The work includes a wheelchair lift to the ‘judicial’ entrance. Mr Hayes says he is not against this work but pointed out that no disabled magistrates currently sit at the court.

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals (HMCTS) says it needs to make the entrance comply with disability legislation because members of the tribunal panel require wheelchair access to the court rooms.

HMCTS says it is improving the Boston court for a number of reasons.

A spokesman said: “Boston Court House deals with magistrates, civil, family and tribunal cases. In order to increase listing flexibility, court utilisation, improve performance and make best use of resources the two court rooms at Boston are being adapted so that they can be used for any type of case.

“The wheelchair lift is being installed to ensure that the judicial entrance to the building is compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act, in line with the rest of the building. This is particularly important because there are tribunal panel members that require wheelchair access to the court rooms.

“The cost of the installation of the wheelchair lift and the court room adjustments for two court rooms is £120,000 and the works are expected to be completed in May 2014.”

Mr Hayes has written to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to query the investment given that Spalding’s court closed last year, with its cases being transferred to Boston.

Mr Hayes has said that the spending on Boston’s court is ‘unfair’.