Chichester court buildings put up for sale

A mass protest outside Chichester Crown Court in March. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161203-205445008
A mass protest outside Chichester Crown Court in March. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-161203-205445008
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Both the combined court and magistrates’ court buildings in Chichester have been put up for sale on the Government’s website.

The magistrates’ court closed at the end of last month, when residents wore black and held a candle-lit vigil to mark its final day of operation on September 30.

The combined (crown and county) is due to close in the Spring next year, though the city’s leading lawyers and councillors are fighting the move which will leave the whole of West Sussex without a crown court.

Both the court buildings are now listed in the ‘property for sale’ section of the Government’s website, along with a number of other court buildings around the country which have either closed or are due to go.

There is no indication on the website as to how much each building is being marketed for, though with both located next to each other in prime brownfield land close to the city’s railway station, both sites are expected to fetch millions.

The combined court in Southgate has two floors with a total space of 1374.73sqm and 30 car parking spaces, while the magistrates’ building also has two floors and 1287.15sqm of space and no parking spaces.

Campaigners fighting the closure of the combined court are considering a judicial review, and this week brandished proposed alternative provision ‘a scandal

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