Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough, is encouraging constituents to have their say on the proposals for Gartree Prison. Proposals include two applications, one for a new build prison next to the existing prison, and a second application for an extension within the boundaries of the current prison.
Both applications will be determined by the Harborough District Council Planning Committee in the coming months.
Neil said, “This is obviously a big decision and I want to make sure people don’t feel they missed their chance to have their say.”
“I’ve been working closely with Harborough District Council, Leicestershire County Council and the Ministry of Justice, to relay concerns that have been raised with me by local residents and Parish Councils.”
“One of the key issues we’ve been discussing is around the impact of additional traffic on the local roads and villages, notably Gartree, Lubenham and Foxton.”
“I would very much encourage people to share views and opinions with the Council as part of the official planning process here, to ensure they feature within the final report on this. If you have any views, opinions or concerns you think need to be acknowledged and addressed, please do share this with the Council via the planning section of their website.”
I will also continue to liaise with local authorities and the Ministry of Justice on this application to ensure areas of concern are looked at.”