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.