Consultation ends on Gloucestershire court closure plan

The consultation period over the closure of three courts in Gloucestershire has ended.

The Ministry of Justice proposes to shut Coleford, Cirencester and Stroud Magistrates' Courts, as well as Cheltenham County Court.

It hopes the idea, part of a national plan to shut 103 courts, will save £15m a year and a maintenance backlog bill of more than £20m across the UK.

Magistrates have said that the plan could overburden the remaining courts.

The ministry will publish a summary of the consultation period before Christmas and hopes to take a final decision on the plans next year.

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