Islington’s housing boss blasted the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for using the former HM Holloway Prison as a “cash cow” last night – and the community again demanded the site be reopened and converted into council homes.
In summer we witnessed the debacle of prisons minister Rory Stewart telling us a preferred bidder for the Holloway prison site would be ready by the end of the year, then a Ministry of Justice spokesperson saying a buyer would be announced by the end of summer writes Glyn Robbins, Community Plan for Holloway.
As Jenny Kassman’s article in the Tribune last month pointed out (who or what is this “Tribune” you speak of? – Ed), the Ministry of Justice has yet to find a buyer for the Holloway Prison site, writes Will McMahon, from the Community Plan for Holloway group.
“It’s pretty clear we don’t want a development unaffordable to local people.” Will McMahon, who is leading the Community Plan for Holloway campaign, spoke before the latest meeting to discuss the Holloway Prison campaign had actually kicked off. But it was a safe assumption to make.
It is refreshing to see so many people interested in making sure that the Holloway Prison site is used for the benefit of the local community. write Cllr Gary Heather, Finsbury Park ward and Islington Trades Union Council.
The events reported in your article about commercial waste being dumped on the Holloway Prison site are a direct consequence of the Ministry of Justice’s unwillingness or inability to deal with the site both quickly and for public/social benefit, writes Reclaim Holloway.
An “extremely dangerous” prisoner who stabbed a man three times in the back in Islington is being hunted by police – after a clerical error meant he was released from jail months into a nine-year sentence.
A CCTV camera pointing towards the sky and metal bars being hurled over the walls are just some of the reasons why people with homes next door to HMP Pentonville say they feel unsafe. EMMA YOULE finds out what it’s like to live within metres of one of Britain’s most notorious jails.
When George Osborne announced the closure of Holloway Prison a year ago, many people darkly muttered three words: ‘Expensive luxury flats.’ But it doesn’t have to be this way, community campaigners told James Morris.
The days when people will be paying to live in Holloway Prison, rather than being forced to, came one step closer after the Ministry of Justice appointed property agent Bilfinger GVA to advise on the sale of the site.