Concern is growing over the future of Solihull Magistrates Court following plans to move all criminal proceedings to Birmingham.
A consultation has been launched for changes to be made to the court’s listings arrangements, which will see the majority of cases being heard at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Solihull Council - who use the court on Homer Road on a regular basis for council tax and business rates cases - were set to discuss the recommendations at a meeting yesterday.
A council report said if the plans are approved, ‘customers’ will have to travel further to attend court and the move could also impact the promptness of issuing summons and recovering late payments.
Councillor Nick Stephens (Lab, Chelmsley Wood) said: “This is very worrying, it’s very important that local justice is done locally.
“It’s another example of Solihull losing some of its independence and being swallowed up by Birmingham. We’re one of the seven metropolitan boroughs, with a population of over 200,000 and we should have our own court house. This is something being discussed in the summer very quietly and actually I think a lot more people should be banging the drum and calling for this to be stopped.”
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