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Pontypridd Magistrates Close earmarked for closure.

A consultation has been announced today on court closures throughout Wales and England. The consultation is on a proposal to close 91 court buildings, including Pontypridd magistrates' court.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell said the proposals are a disgrace.

"The reason given is that the Pontypridd building is in a poor state of repair, which begs the question why has it been allowed to deteriorate?

"The proposal is that court services are relocated in Merthyr. Part of the reasoning is that Merthyr is just 12 miles away, a journey - so the consultation document says - of only 20 minutes by car.

"They seem to have neglected to mention that since they closed the court in the Rhondda this is the only one left in RCT and so people travelling to Merthyr would not be coming just from Pontypridd town.

"It is disgraceful that yet again Pontypridd, and indeed RCT, is being totally overlooked and our services moved elsewhere. I hope that there will be concerted opposition to this from all political quarters."

Welsh Liberal Democrat Chair and Rhondda resident Karen Roberts added

"The Rhondda magistrates court was closed in 2010 in order to cut costs and the argument at the time was that Pontypridd was not far away and that people from the Rhondda could travel there quite easily.

"Now Rhondda people seem to have been overlooked completely as the argument is that Pontypridd is only 12 miles from Merthyr. What about people who don't live in Pontypridd town? The court there is not limited to use by them.

"We really are becoming the forgotten territory