Dr James Davies MP has welcomed the forthcoming opening of HM Prison Berwyn in Wrexham, on Monday 27th February 2017.
Last Monday, Dr Davies, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, visited HMP Berwyn, which is set to be the largest prison in Britain and also one of the biggest in Europe. The 2,106 capacity jail has been built on the site of the former Firestone Factory on Wrexham Industrial Estate. Work started in May 2015 on the £212 million Ministry of Justice development, which is set to be a category C adult male prison. HMP Berwyn will not only serve North Wales, where currently there is no such facility, but also parts of the North West and West Midlands.
The new prison will be operated by Her Majesty’s Prison Service and around 1,000 jobs will have been created by the time the prison is fully operational. Coupled with this, half of all labour utilised during the construction phase was recruited locally and the majority of the construction spend was spent with companies local to the area.
Dr James Davies MP said ‘I was pleased to be given the opportunity to tour the new prison, which is an economic boost to the local area and will provide much needed jobs. It forms part of the government’s strategy to replace old, uneconomic prisons with modern, more cost-effective facilities. I was heartened to hear that the Prison Governor, Russ Trent, has pledged that the prison will have a rehabilitative culture at its heart.’