Axed court put on sale for £200,000

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A GRADE II listed court house that was controversially axed in March has had a £200,000 price tag put on it.

King Sturge has been hired by the courts service (HMCS) to sell Mildenhall Magistrates’ Court in Police Station Square which was closed this year.

And the London-based firm has set a guide price of £200,000 for the 19th century building.

A controversial decision to sell the court house was taken by then Justice Secretary Jack Straw in March.

The building had been unofficially closed since January last year, when its caseload passed over to Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

The closure left Forest Heath without a court in the district.

The site was put up for sale six weeks ago, with a sign being put up in the last fortnight.

King Sturge is now arranging an open day for next Tuesday, giving prospective buyers the opportunity to have a look at the 0.2 acre site.

Clients will then be invited to make offers for the building in January.

The estate agent has stated that the building has potential for ‘residential, commercial, retail and community uses’.

Nigel Roman, Mildenhall parish councillor and a former magistrate, said the price seemed ‘cheap’ and that both Forest Heath and the parish council had fought strongly to prevent the court’s closure.

“It’s a loss to Mildenhall and Forest Heath but if anything is put in place there we would want it to be of great benefit to to the town.”

A spokesman for King Sturge said it was leaving it up to buyers to make their own planning inquiries.

It also stated that it had had ‘a lot of interest’ in the building.

The move to close the court met with outrage from several quarters, including former MP for West Suffolk, Richard Spring, who said the decision was a ‘disgrace’.