Concerns raised over planned Wrexham prison

Concerns will be raised over the size and scale of the plans for a new super-prison in Wrexham today, by a panel of experts at an event in Cardiff Bay. Supporters say it will be beneficial to the economy but many locals have concerns.

Concerns over planned Wrexham prison to be raised

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The prison is intended to house 2,000 prisoners Credit: Ministry of Justice

Concerns will be raised later over the size and scale of the plans for a new super-prison in Wrexham by a panel of experts at an event in Cardiff Bay.

The UK government says the jail will cover 26 hectares at the former Firestone factory on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, house around 2,000 inmates and employ nearly 800 people.

Those who welcome the plans say it will be beneficial for local economy.

But opponents say the prison will bring disruption and argue that small prisons can find it easier to perform better than large ones. They also say that the development would have a detrimental effect on existing Welsh Government responsibilities.

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Prison will be a 'significant boost' to the economy

David Jones MP is urging local companies in north Wales to seize the business opportunities presented by the proposed development of a 'super-prison' in Wrexham.

The £250m worth of investment in a new prison in Wrexham is a development that will not only improve prisoner welfare, but will also be a significant boost to the economy of north east Wales.

It is set to create up to 1,000 jobs and contribute around £23m per annum, providing huge construction opportunities and great possibilities for local businesses.

I want to ensure that north Wales companies take advantage of this unique opportunity, show that we have some of the very best suppliers, and demonstrate the quality of our work and the value we can offer.

– David Jones MP

Businesses due to meet at 'super-prison' site

Artists' impression Credit: Ministry of Justice

Hundreds of local businesses are expected to meet contractors today to see if they can work together to build the biggest prison in Wales and England.

Pending planning approval, the work at the site in Wrexham should start this summer. £250m is being invested in the development.

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright and Secretary of State for Wales David Jones will visit the former Firestone factory site where the prison is scheduled to be built.

They will also meet with local companies and the prime contractors bidding for the construction contract.

Some people living in the local area oppose the plans for the 'super-prison' saying it will have a negative effect on the community.