‘Get on with it’ justice secretary tells officials dealing with Isle of Wight prison plans

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JUSTICE secretary Liz Truss has told government officials dealing with regeneration plans for the former Camp Hill prison to ‘get on with it.’

Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner raised the issue of unused prison land in parliament yesterday (Tuesday), inviting the Secretary of State for Justice to meet with him and ward councillor Richard Hollis to discuss the possibility of building a car park close to Albany jail.

As revealed by the County Press last year, there are plans to possibly create a ‘garden village’ on the site of the former Camp Hill prison, which was shut in April 2013.

Figures obtained by the County Press showed that since then taxpayers have had to foot a bill for hundreds of thousands of pounds to maintain and secure the site.

Responding to Mr Turner, Ms Truss said: “I would be delighted to meet my honourable friend, as indeed would my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid.

“As I have said, we are seeking to transfer the site to the Homes and Communities Agency. Yesterday, I had a meeting with officials to urge them to get on with it.”