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Historic former court building put up for sale

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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OFFERS are being invited for Burton’s former county court building following its closure earlier this year.

The freehold on the Grade II listed building at 165 Station Street is now being marketed for sale.

The property is being marketed by commercial property firm GVA on behalf of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

The building is ‘available for alternative uses’ according to the agents and Burton Civic Society told the Mail they would be keen to see a new use which is ‘sympathetic’ to the history of the building.

President Valerie Burton said: “It is a very important building in Burton and it is Grade II listed so any changes to it would have to go through the planning authorities.

“I have never been inside it so I don’t know how adaptable it is to modern day office use but I would think that may be a likely future.

“I’m not sure how much car parking there is there but it shouldn’t be an issue with the public car parks nearby.

“It would be a great shame for the building to go anywhere but there are so many like it in Burton in need of a new use.

“We will certainly be keeping an eye on it and will want to make sure it doesn’t deteriorate in anyway.”

A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service told the Mail they could not say how much the building was on the market for as it was ‘commercially sensitive’ information.

However, they did say: “The aim is to sell it and get the best value for money for the taxpayer.

“In terms of its future uses, that would be a matter for the council’s planners.”

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

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

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