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MP picks former Dynamex factory as potential North Wales prison site

A LOCATION has been chosen for a prison in North Wales.

Prisons Minister David Hanson, MP for Delyn, has announced the former 27-acre Dynamex factory in Caernarfon as the chosen site for a new jail.

The prison site is close to a major court centre for North Wales.

It was selected from four possible locations, including the former 108-acre Firestone factory in Wrexham.

Two plots in South Wales – Cwmbran and Merthyr Tydfil – were also considered.

Mr Hanson will now be submitting a planning application to Gwynedd County Council.

The new prison will have mostly male prisoners with places for females and young offenders in their own wings.

It is expected to create about 1,000 jobs and boost the regional economy by £17m a year.

North Wales Criminal Justice Board has been campaigning for almost two years for a prison in North Wales.

At present, prisoners from Flintshire have to go to England.

The board argued it was vital to have a local prison to help reduce reoffending by working with prisoners in their own communities.

This said this makes it very difficult for first language Welsh speakers to get any education or training in their own language.

The announcement follows a public consultation which ran until October 31, but is still subject to planning permission.

Delyn MP David Hanson said: “I am delighted to announce the selection of a site for added prison capacity in North Wales, which will be vital to the administration of justice as well as addressing welfare issues concerning prisoners and their families.

“I am also glad to have been able to address the issue of Welsh-speaking prisoners serving their sentences outside of Wales.

“The new prison will be a boost to the economy of the whole of North Wales and will see huge employment opportunities.”