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Burton County Court has cost taxpayers £60,000 for upkeep

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

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NEARLY £60,000 of public money has been spent on maintaining the former Burton County Court building – after nobody has yet shelled out £425,000 to buy the site.

Figures released following discussions in the Houses of Parliament revealed that the Station Street site was costing taxpayers £3,683 a month to run.

This means that since it closed in March last year a total of £58,928 has been spent on the upkeep of the empty and disused building.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Clearly, we want to sell an unused property as soon as we can, and we are working to do so, but we of course need to have a buyer before we can sell it, and we are constantly looking for buyers."

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The former county court building closed for the final time in March last year, one of many across the country which closed as part of Ministry of Justice cutbacks.

As a result, people now have to travel to Derby to have their cases heard.

The freehold on the Grade II listed building at 165 Station Street was put up for sale in May and yet there have still been no buyers willing to meet the six-figure price tag for the site.

In September, it was announced that the building would be offered to start-up businesses for free as part of a Government scheme.

However, the building remains empty and no start-up businesses have occupied any part of the site.

The property was purpose-built to be a county court in 1862.

There are two entrances and the ground floor offers room for open-plan offices and a courtroom.

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  • Branmis01  |  January 06 2015, 3:04PM

    What if anything is happening to this site?

  • Branmis01  |  August 06 2014, 8:27AM

    The Staffordshire Regimental Association (Burton Branch) are trying to create a uniformed Services club and centre of excellence for forces charities. This building would be ideal, especially if shared with other charities. The branch have in house talents, like builders etc to to do the refurb of the building. In the ariticle it mentions being free to a start up company, does that include a start up charity venture? Any details regarding this please email me at Mick.teasel@b-and-q.co.uk or mob: 07730465476, Secretary of the Staffordshire Regimental association (Burton branch).

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