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.
The Ministry of Justice is planning to put the former Holloway prison site up for sale this autumn. The news came in a letter from the Justice Secretary, David Lidington, to our Director, Richard Garside.
In the letter, Mr Lidington wrote that 'we will be seeking expressions of interest for the site from interested parties ahead of formal marketing which we expect to take place in the autumn'. Mr Lidington also indicated that 'redevelopment for a residential-led scheme is the most likely option'.
We have written to the recently appointed Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, David Lidington, urging him to listen to the people of Islington and consider their views and needs in any future decisions about the former Holloway prison site.
The letter is signed by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Women in Prison, Islington Kill the Housing Act, Islington Trades Union Council, St George & All Saints Tufnell Park Church, Islington Hands off Our Public Services, and Reclaim Holloway.
TV News channel, London Live, recently covered our Community Plan for Holloway initiative, with interviews from Will McMahon, Chris Hignett and Becka Hudson.
The closure of Holloway prison offers a once in a generation opportunity to create much needed facilities, homes and services for the people of Islington. We are working with local people and community groups to put forward a positive vision for the site.
Watch the short clip below to find out more:
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.
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 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