Holloway prison: call for local residents' views

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A letter by our Deputy Director, Will McMahon, in this week's Islington Gazette (page 11) encourages residents to contribute their views about how they'd like to see the former Holloway Prison site redeveloped. 

It comes in the wake of Justice Secretary David Liddington's letter to our Director, Richard Garside, at the beginning of August announcing that the site is likely to go on sale this autumn. 

We want Islington residents to tell us about what they think the priorities should be for the former prison site by filling in our survey on

We've had 700 responses so far and the survey will be running till Friday, 1 September. We're also holding a Community Plan Open Day from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, 30 September at St George's Church on Crayford Road, N7, to report the findings of the survey to residents.

There will be stalls from local organisations explaining what they would like to happen to the site, a question and answer session about the Community Plan, and a discussion about what the community would like to see created on the site. 

Will said:

I am writing on behalf of the Community Plan for Holloway, a local alliance of residents and voluntary sector groups, who are very concerned that the land will simply be sold to the highest bidder and unaffordable expensive flats built in a borough that has an enormous need for affordable housing, green space and other community facilities.

I encourage Gazette readers to fill in the survey and visit the open day to join in the discussion about the future of the land.