As part of our Community Plan for Holloway project we have been working in partnership with local people and organisations in Islington to put forward a positive vision for the former prison site. Islington Homes for All have launched a petition calling for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to negotiate with the Ministry of Justice to keep the Holloway site in public ownership and to use the Affordable Homes Fund to build council houses there, alongside facilities for the local community, particuarly women.
Community Plan for Holloway
Will McMahon, the Centre's Deputy Director, spoke at the Islington Voluntary Sector Conference 2018 yesterday.
The theme of the conference, run by Voluntary Action Islington, was 'The Power of People, Partnerships and Participation'.
Will spoke about the Community Plan for Holloway, which is a coalition of local organisations, trade unions, churches, campaign groups and political parties, working together to transform the Holloway prison site into an opportunity for affordable homes, facilities and services for Islington.
At a Justice Committee meeting on Tuesday, Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced that a bidder will be in place for the Holloway site by the end of the year.
Stewart said that the prison population was likely to increase and the Holloway site sale would provide funding for new prisons to cater to that demand.
Deputy Director at the Centre, Will McMahon responded to the announcement:
Islington Councillor Diarmaid Ward comments on the implications a landmark planning decision has for the amount of genuinely affordable housing that can be secured on any future development on the former Holloway Prison site
Claire Cain finds that the closure of HMP Holloway caused significant distress for women, and how many are being imprisoned far from home, hindering visits from family and children.
After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system has been published by Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report comprises of a consultation with 50 women affected by the criminal justice system, many of whom were imprisoned in HMP Holloway, and asks whether and how the closure has had an impact and ideas for what they would like to now see developed on the site.
Will McMahon's introduction to the launch of the Community Plan for Holloway draft vision document
Over 180 residents and community campaigners attended a packed Community Plan for Holloway meeting on Friday 2 March. In what was a vibrant event, the audience heard from an anti-prison activist, housing campaigners and local residents who together called for the land on the former prison site to be used in the community interest.
On Friday 2nd March Community Plan for Holloway, a project of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, is holding a public meeting in Islington to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site. It will be an opportunity for local people to share their thoughts on the community vision that we have produced for the site. The community vision is based on over 900 responses we received from local people and organisations to the Community Plan for Holloway survey in 2017.
On Friday, 5 January, Andy Bain of Community Plan for Holloway was interviewed on the early evening BBC London News, calling for genuinely affordable housing to be built on the Holloway prison site to meet the needs of young people in Islington. The interview was part of a report about the adoption of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the site by Islington Council's Planning and Development Committee on 4 January.