MP Gareth Johnson disappointed with the decision to close Dartford Magistrates’ Court

Gareth Johnson is disappointed by the Government’s announcement to shut Dartford Magistrates’ Court.

Dartford MP Mr Johnson said: “This news comes as a disappointment as it will mean longer journeys for those attending court.

Anybody who has been in that building will know it is very dilapidated and would need a lot of investment to bring it up to modern standards. I suspect therefore that the Ministry of Justice felt that cost was a big factor in this decision.

Whilst I would have preferred they kept the court open, I recognise the Government has to protect the taxpayer.”