Community Plan for Holloway

How much does it cost to keep an old prison empty?

The Ministry of Justice spent nearly £140,000 on water, gas, electricity and other utility bills for the closed Holloway prison site, between August 2016 and February 2017, we can reveal.

The information came in a Freedom of Information request we submitted to the Ministry of Justice in February.

Holloway prison was closed by the government in July 2016. Between its closure and February this year, the government has spent:

More London prisons up for sale?

Last week, the Evening Standard reported that property agents, Savills, have been awarded a contract to review the possibility of closing and redeveloping London prison sites.

Prison sites the company will review, the paper reports, include Brixton, Pentonville and Feltham. The company will consider a number of options, including keeping the prisons open, or converting them to alternative uses, such as housing.

Community action to open the visitors’ centre in Holloway

On Saturday 18 February, approximately 40 people gathered outside Holloway Prison calling for the Ministry of Justice to open up the visitors’ centre in Holloway immediately for public use. 
 
Local residents and organisations mobilised together to demand that the modern, accessible and child-friendly building be open to the public and utilised for community benefit. Suggestions included the space being used for an advice centre, women’s space, youth centre or community café.
 

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