Families criticise move to move coroner's court from Southend

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BEREAVED families have criticised a decision to move a coroner’s court service away from Southend.

Last week, Essex County Council confirmed County Hall, in Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, will be the main venue for cases heard by the Essex Coroner’s Service.

It offers private meeting rooms for families, juries and advocates and office space for the coroners and staff.

For many years the Rev Brenda Gutberlet, from Canvey, has backed the service staying in south Essex after her family waited two years for an inquest into the death of her niece Natalie Wade, 28, from Rochford.

She was killed as she crossed a pedestrian crossing in Ashingdon Road, Rochford, in 2006. Mrs Gutberlet, a community Methodist chaplain, said her family were supported by the coroner and staff when it was based in Hadleigh.

Now she has described the move 20 miles away to Essex’s first city as a further burden to grieving families.

She said: “It’s all about saving money. I understand the council’s desire to save money, but I’m not sure they have taken into account the grieving families.

“It feels like it is de-personalising the service by taking them from the fringes of Essex.

This will be an added burden to these families.

“Natalie’s inquest went on for a week and to travel that far every day would have been an extra struggle.

“Not everyone has access to a car and public transport links to Chelmsford are not that good.”

Meanwhile Simon and Mary- Jayne Harrison, from Leigh, will travel to Chelmsford next month for the inquest into the death of their daughter Jessica, who died aged just eight hours on September 30, 2012, at Southend Hospital.

Mr Harrison said: “We have a two-day hearing and I guess in a sense it is less convenient, but we’re not too worried.”

Ann Naylor, county councillor responsible for public health and well-being, said: “This new centre will enable the service to provide an environment sympathetic to the needs of those who have lost family and friends.”

A county council spokesman said: “Generally all Essex inquests will be held in the new dedicated coroner’s court in Chelmsford.

“The court offers more appropriate facilities for bereaved families and friends.

“If it is best for the family we would look at holding them elsewhere.”

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10:15am Wed 15 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Depersonalising services by taking them from the fringes'

and placing them in the centre of Essex.... So, it goes to the centre of Essex so more friendly for all of Essex and it's probably cheaper... Seems a logical move...
Depersonalising services by taking them from the fringes' and placing them in the centre of Essex.... So, it goes to the centre of Essex so more friendly for all of Essex and it's probably cheaper... Seems a logical move... Jack222
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10:25am Wed 15 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

This council is too busy spending £440,000 on things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, which, as I am sure you will agree, is FAR more important.

Spending taxpayers' money on so called minorities is, it seems a priority these days.

That's just one "minority" group, taking the lid of the County Council's expenditure pot will reveal other amounts of money not being spent on the MAJority.
This council is too busy spending £440,000 on things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, which, as I am sure you will agree, is FAR more important. Spending taxpayers' money on so called minorities is, it seems a priority these days. That's just one "minority" group, taking the lid of the County Council's expenditure pot will reveal other amounts of money not being spent on the MAJority. Kim Gandy
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10:31am Wed 15 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
This council is too busy spending £440,000 on things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, which, as I am sure you will agree, is FAR more important.

Spending taxpayers' money on so called minorities is, it seems a priority these days.

That's just one "minority" group, taking the lid of the County Council's expenditure pot will reveal other amounts of money not being spent on the MAJority.
Another Racist slur, do you ever go to work, or are you like one of those apes, with a hand out for donations ?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: This council is too busy spending £440,000 on things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, which, as I am sure you will agree, is FAR more important. Spending taxpayers' money on so called minorities is, it seems a priority these days. That's just one "minority" group, taking the lid of the County Council's expenditure pot will reveal other amounts of money not being spent on the MAJority.[/p][/quote]Another Racist slur, do you ever go to work, or are you like one of those apes, with a hand out for donations ? Nowthatsworthknowing
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12:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

Nothing racist about it. Provided that statment is true - everyone is entitled to an opinion of how well or badly taxpayers money is spent.

As for re-locating the Coroner's court - good idea. Let's face it, who's ever been to one, and if so, more than once in a lifetime?

Secondly - Chelmsford from Southend by public transport is simple - train to Shenfield and one to Chelmsford - County Hall is then a 5 minute walk.
Nothing racist about it. Provided that statment is true - everyone is entitled to an opinion of how well or badly taxpayers money is spent. As for re-locating the Coroner's court - good idea. Let's face it, who's ever been to one, and if so, more than once in a lifetime? Secondly - Chelmsford from Southend by public transport is simple - train to Shenfield and one to Chelmsford - County Hall is then a 5 minute walk. RochfordRob
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6:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

It really doesn't matter where it is, lets face it, it only gets used by most folk, once.
It really doesn't matter where it is, lets face it, it only gets used by most folk, once. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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8:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
This council is too busy spending £440,000 on things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, which, as I am sure you will agree, is FAR more important.

Spending taxpayers' money on so called minorities is, it seems a priority these days.

That's just one "minority" group, taking the lid of the County Council's expenditure pot will reveal other amounts of money not being spent on the MAJority.
The council isn't "too busy" as you rather stupidly suggest, if it were then it wouldn't be implementing the coroner office move would it?

"FAR more important" than what? You dont give a comparison to consider.

Is spending money on minorities a priority? You dont seem to know, are you guessing?

The EMTAS deals with ALL ethnic minorities and not as you ignorantly post "just one"

Do you ever research what you post before you post it?

Should the CC only spend money on the "MAJority" thats seems to be what you are implying? Do you know?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: This council is too busy spending £440,000 on things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, which, as I am sure you will agree, is FAR more important. Spending taxpayers' money on so called minorities is, it seems a priority these days. That's just one "minority" group, taking the lid of the County Council's expenditure pot will reveal other amounts of money not being spent on the MAJority.[/p][/quote]The council isn't "too busy" as you rather stupidly suggest, if it were then it wouldn't be implementing the coroner office move would it? "FAR more important" than what? You dont give a comparison to consider. Is spending money on minorities a priority? You dont seem to know, are you guessing? The EMTAS deals with ALL ethnic minorities and not as you ignorantly post "just one" Do you ever research what you post before you post it? Should the CC only spend money on the "MAJority" thats seems to be what you are implying? Do you know? LauqhLast..
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9:25pm Wed 15 Jan 14

cgb says...

Professionals such as doctors called to the court will be absent from work for longer- more cancelled clinics and theatre lists so the NHS and hence the public will lose out.
Professionals such as doctors called to the court will be absent from work for longer- more cancelled clinics and theatre lists so the NHS and hence the public will lose out. cgb
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