Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Word reaches me that there is demand for rooms at Southport Town hall



I have been drawing attention to another example of Labour waste-the unlet space in Southport Town Hall. The place is practaclly empty and yet the Council is renting rooms elsewher. Now I am informed that at least one essential service has been desperate to move into the empty space but cannot get a response from the Council.

The Coroner needs rooms. Matters are moving apace. During July the Coroners and Justice Act, 2009 will come into force. This will require that all Coroner’s court hearings are held in public, including the Opening proceedings and Pre Inquest Hearings. They must also be recorded . The family, public and press can attend.

Such hearings occur every day. The Coroner requires a court room five days per week with availability from 9 am to 5pm. Given the number of people entitled to attend, the overgrown broom cupboard which they are presently allotted is wholly inappropriate .

Time is now of the essence. The Coroner cannot wait four to six weeks and then face uncertainty as to whether facilities may become available. Sefton Council have an obligation to provide suitable facilities to H.M. Coroner,  they should get on with it and breathe some life back into a building that should be at the centre of our civic life.






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