Court Bid Condemned
Tuesday 6th October 2015 14:06 Ashton News Posted by Becky Cahill

Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner says Glossopdale crimes should be dealt with by Tameside magistrates if Buxton Court gets closed.

Alan Charles has joined the growing band of high-flyers who say switching cases to Chesterfield is ‘unfair and unreasonable’ to High Peak people.

Mr Charles and Derbyshire County Council – who are both objecting to Government proposals to shut Buxton – say it would hit Glossop defendants and witnesses particularly hard.

Rejecting the Government closure bid, the county council said: “Car ownership in some district wards in High Peak is very low.

“In Gamesley 45.5 per cent of households do not have access to a car and there are five other district wards where a third of households do not have access to a vehicle.

“This means that for many people their only option will be to travel by public transport.

“As there are no direct train or bus routes to Chesterfield from the main towns in High Peak this would involve one, two or even three changes.

“From Buxton, Chapel-le-Frith and Glossop the train journey takes two hours or more.

“With services generally operating on an hourly basis, a return trip could take up a large part of the day.”

Councillors also fear the closure of the courts in Buxton could lead to a significant number of witness statements being retracted if domestic violence victims are expected to travel to Chesterfield by public transport.

Full story in this week’s Glossop Chronicle and Tameside Reporter.