WE FIND our court, along with about 120 other magistrates' courts, again facing closure.

I was the community leader who previously led the support, with our magistrates, to keep our present court open when the previous government proposed its closure. We were successful in opposing it. This time, however, the circumstances are quite different.

With an enormous national deficit of some £150billion, realistically is there a responsible alternative to closure?

I believe there is. In Harrow, we have a large modern crown court that could provide courts and accommodation for the important work of our magistrates by some achievable reconfiguration of that court with more efficient use of the building, thus continuing to provide local justice in Harrow.


Vice-president of Harrow Crime Prevention Panel and former chairman of Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group