Courts: Closures

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24th April 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which courts closed since 2010 have yet to be sold; and what the annual maintenance costs have been of each of those court premises.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Of the courts that have closed since 2010, the following have yet to be sold or disposed of:

Maintenance Costs* (financial year)

Court

Closure Date

Disposal Progress***

17/18** (£)

16/17 (£)

15/16 (£)

Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court

October 2013

Exchanged

4,866

6,007

1,907

Alton Magistrates’ Court

September 2014

Exchanged

5,824

5,963

575

Birmingham Youth Court

January 2018

Pre-marketing

2,128

0

0

Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court

January 2017

Exchanged

22,028

869

0

Brecon Law Court

September 2016

Exchanged

6,707

2,697

0

Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court

May 2016

Exchanged

7,399

12,189

0

Chichester Magistrates’ Court

June 2017

Transfer to Homes England

4,960

0

0

East Parade - Sheffield Tribunal

June 2017

Pre-Marketing

5,838

0

0

Keighley (Bingley) Magistrates’ Court

December 2011

Under Offer

3,176

10,332

3,509

Liverpool, Dale Street Magistrates’

June 2015

Pre-Marketing/Contractual Issues

0

42,381

26,101

Llangefni County Court

August 2017

Exchanged

3,501

0

0

Lyndhurst Magistrates’ Court

April 2011

Under Offer

3,924

2,673

556

Oswestry Magistrates’/County Court

April 2013

Under Offer

2,974

3,235

1,012

Runcorn (Halton) Magistrates' Court

January 2017

Pre-Marketing

10,398

0

0

Southampton Combined Court - Barrack Block

June 2016

Marketing

13,768

6,099

0

Telford County Court

September 2017

Transfer to Homes England

11,378

0

0

Torquay Magistrates' Court

September 2017

Marketing

5,583

0

0

Watford Magistrates’ Court

July 2017

In solicitors’ hands

8,833

0

0

* Maintenance costs include planned and emergency works on court sites that includes works to repair or preserve the fabric of the building as well as utilities, fixtures and fittings.

** figures provided are up to 28 February 2018

*** Summary of disposal status:

Status

Description

Exchanged

Contracts have been exchanged between the buyer and seller, this is the stage before completion.

Under Offer

An offer from a potential purchaser has been received and is under consideration.

Marketing

The property is being advertised to potential buyers

Pre-marketing

This phase includes investigations to support strategic decisions made on the portfolio and or future value maximisation

In solicitors’ hands

Conveyancing is underway and contracts are being negotiated with the preferred party.

Transfer

The property has been or is due to be transferred to Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency) or the Education Funding Agency

The information requested relating to annual maintenance costs for period prior to the 2015/16 financial year could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

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