The private developer that owns the Territorial Army site next to Holloway prison is now stating they can offer only 30 per cent of their development for affordable housing, reports the Islington Tribune. This is despite the 50 per cent minimum set by Islington Council. Islington Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and… Continue reading TA site development update
Local Islington papers have been continuing to update the community on the progress of our plan, particularly in the run up to the local elections. The site has been discussed at both recent hustings. Housing remains a clear concern, in terms of quality, quantity and true affordability across the borough. The latest from The Tribune… Continue reading Community Plan in the news
According to Reclaim Holloway, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is not being honest about the use of the Visitor Centre at the now closed Holloway Prison. The campaign to put the Visitor Centre to good use is supported by local MP Jeremy Corbyn, who recently told a community meeting, 'I have had a reply from… Continue reading MoJ confirm Holloway Prison Visitor Centre remains empty
'More than 500 people have backed the council's demand that half of the homes on the Holloway Prison site should be "genuinely affordable"', reports the Islington Gazette. A record number of people responded to Islington Council's draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The Gazette reports Two out of three people said they agreed with the council’s… Continue reading Community backs calls for affordable homes & services at Holloway prison
Holloway Prison Stories and Reclaim Holloway have released a short film making the case for a women's building to be part of any future development of the former Holloway prison site. The film features interviews with women affected by the criminal justice system and women who provided support to those in Holloway. https://youtu.be/TmfCTp7NNq0 Our latest… Continue reading A women’s building for Holloway?
In a written parliamentary question, Richard Burgon (the Shadow Lord Chancellor & Shadow Secretary of State for Justice) asked David Lidington (the Secretary of State for Justice); "what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the successful tender for the purchase of the land at the at the… Continue reading Are the DCLG involved in sale of Holloway prison?
The Islington Tribune reports that 'families have been ripped apart by the closure of Holloway prison while charities which support incarcerated women are struggling to cope with a loss of funding' Speaking to The Tribune, Dr Kate Paradine of Women in Prison describes the lack of planning by government and the loss of funding for… Continue reading Families devastated by closure of prison
Responding to a parliamentary question on whether the Ministry of Justice has taken steps to ensure Holloway prison will not be landbanked, Sam Gyimah, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice), responded that his department are currently reviewing bids and an announcement is expected in Spring 2018. Gyimah said; "As part of the evaluation, the Ministry of… Continue reading Buyer of Holloway due to be announced in Spring 2018
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has responded to our letter urging him to consider purchasing the Holloway prison site. The Mayor's letter highlights the importance of the Council's planning guidance - the 'Supplementary Planning Document' (SPD). In his letter, he writes; 'My officers at the GLA have been in regular contact with both the Ministry of… Continue reading Sadiq Khan responds to Plan for Holloway letter
On Saturday 25 November, Axe the Housing Act and Defend Council Housing are hosting a National Housing Summit in London. Matt Ford from our Community Plan for Holloway team, will be there, speaking at a workshop on local action. For full details, visit the Facebook event page.