Mary Creagh

Working hard for Wakefield

Wakefield Express column



Wakefield Magistrates’ Court is a vital resource that provides access to justice for the people of Wakefield. The Tory Government is trying to close it.

I have launched a public petition opposing the proposed closure of Wakefield Magistrates’ Court. The petition is on my website - Please sign and share on social media.

As the Government has said, the building is currently ‘well-used’. I am concerned that the closure of the Court would harm the provision of justice in Wakefield and surrounding areas.

This is the second round of proposed court closures in the area since 2010. The closure of Pontefract Magistrates’ Court in 2013 led to some of the work and staff moving to Wakefield. The closure of Wakefield Magistrates’ Court would cause further upheaval, and would significantly increase the travel time for both staff and court attendees coming from Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford.

Following a number of complaints about from local people, I recently wrote to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, asking him if he could help find a buyer for Clayton Hospital. The site on Northgate has been boarded up since NHS services moved out of the building in 2012. Since then there have been repeated acts of vandalism on the site, and police have warned that it is not safe.

I was pleased to hear that the Hospital Trust have organised a number of site visits and surveys, and that work is now being undertaken on the building. I will be keeping the pressure up to secure a long-term future for the site.

The Government has announced another increase in rail fares for January 2016, which means rail fares will have risen by 25% since 2010. A season ticket from Wakefield to Bradford which cost £784 in 2010 will now cost £1,018 from January, an increase of 30%. This follows news that the Government has cancelled the planned electrification of the TransPennine route. This is not so much a Northern Powerhouse as a Northern Powercut.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, created by artists Tom Piper and Paul Cummins in honour of the British men and women that lost their lives fighting in World War 1, is coming to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The exhibition will be on display from 5th September 2015 until January next year, so if you didn’t manage to see this exceptional display at the Tower of London, here’s your chance.

Please contact my constituency office on 386124 or if you would like to find out more about any of these stories, or if you would like to receive my regular e-newsletter.

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