Delyn MP and Justice Minister David Hanson has moved to address the concerns of Flint Magistrates’ Court after it was confirmed that no further changes would be made to the historic building in light of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
It had been feared that the Court may have to close after Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) had written to Flint Town Council explaining that it would cost £1m to make the court fully DDA compliant. However, the Ministry of Justice have made clear that there are no plans to change the use of the court or alter its use.
David Hanson said:
“After learning of Flint Town Council’s concerns regarding the future of the Magistrates Court in Flint I have had assurances from the Ministry of Justice that there are no plans to alter its use.
“Currently, only the ground floor of the court is DDA compliant, limiting its use. HMCS is committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, all its courthouses and services meet Disability Discrimination Act obligations; millions of pounds have been spent in recent years to ensure that as many courts as possible are accessible to disabled people.
“However, where it isn’t possible to alter a court building because of its listed status or age, alternative venues or other managed solutions have been found to ensure access to disabled court users.
“I have asked the Ministry of Justice to meet with representatives from Flint Town Council to discuss its concerns.”