Wrexham super prison plan delayed
The building of a £250m super prison was dramatically delayed last night after the proposals were blasted.
Angry Wrexham councillors slammed the fine details of the scheme to build the jail on the former Firestone site on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
They said they were “vague, inconsistent and lacking in details”.
Permission for the prison in principle had already been granted earlier this year.
Last night’s Wrexham council planning meeting was to agree the reserved matters – or the fine details.
They included details about the water drainage, an investigation into contamination on the land, parking layout, details on bus shelters, and signage to the prison from main roads.
But planning committee chairman Mike Morris blasted the reserved matters plans, saying they left a lot to be desired and had a feeling of “being rushed”.
He said: “I am very disappointed – of 23 of the conditions on the reserved matters, at least 10 are not being satisfied.
“If they can’t get their act together in six months with the funding they have, it does not bode well for the future.”
Wrexham’s Head of Community Wellbeing and Development, Lawrence Isted, who was recommending the plans were granted, said: “This is on an unprecedented scale and it would be very difficult to front load the application.”
Cllr Mike Edwards said: “We have to keep this in perspective. Some of them can’t be detailed at this stage.”
But Cllr Dave Kelly described the plans as a “mish-mash”. He said: “The amount of money that has been spent on this project, all these should have been boxed off.”
Cllr Ronnie Prince said: “It is going to be mayhem – 2,000 prisoners and only 103 parking spaces. I can’t believe that is enough.”
Councillors voted by 15-3 to defer the plans pending further information from the applicants on issues raised.