In advance of a community gathering outside the former Holloway prison this Saturday, 18 February, to call for the Visitors' Centre to be opened for community use, the Centre's Deputy Director Will McMahon has been quoted in today's London Evening Standard calling for a 'people's plan' to develop the former Holloway site.
Community Plan for Holloway
Building magazine examines progress on the government's new-build prisons programme concluding that the sale of 'old Victorian' prisons is unlikely to be a 'cash cow' for the Treasury.
The article questions the profitability and viability of closing and selling old prisons to fund new prisons. Complications include the cooling of the property market, the pressure from local authorities to maximise affordable homes on prison sites, and the high costs of redeveloping listed buildings.
We are supporting local organisations in their call for the Ministry of Justice to open the visitors' centre at the former Holloway prison site in Islington.
Holloway prison closed in 2016. It is likely to be several years before any redevelopment of the site is completed. Just outside the prison walls is a building that was used as a visitors’ centre for those visiting prisoners. The building is modern, accessible and child-friendly. It was also built using charitable funds.
The redevelopment of the former Reading prison should benefit the local community, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has said.
The former prison has been hosting an arts exhibition – Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison – since September, attracting over 50,000 visitors.
Now Artangel, the exhibition organisers, have called for the Grade II-listed prison to remain as an arts centre on a permanent basis.
On Friday, 25 November, well over a hundred people met at the Williamson Street Community Centre in Holloway to begin discussing how a community vision for the former prison site might be developed.
Will McMahon reports on the first community meeting organised by the Centre as part of the 'Justice Matters: a community plan for Holloway' initiative
Opening remarks by Richard Garside at the 'Holloway prison closure: What next for the land?' event in Islington, North London on Friday, 25 November 2016
The future of the former Holloway prison site in north London will be discussed by local residents at a public meeting this coming Friday in Islington.
The needs of the local community, not commercial developers, should be at the heart of plans to redevelop the Holloway prison site, Will McMahon argues