THE Ministry of Justice has been attacked over publicity arrangements for meetings about plans to build a £250 million prison.
Cllr Ray Squire, chairman of Abenbury Community Council, has criticised the ministry for what he calls ‘limited distribution’ of an information sheet advertising public previews of plans for the 2,000-prisoner jail on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
The sessions are going to be held at Redwither Tower on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Cllr Squire said while people living in Pentre Maelor have received notices from the Ministry of Justice highlighting the event, households in the rest of the Abenbury area have been missed out.
“At the very least every home in Abenbury should have received one of these notices. If a prison is built here it will affect us all,” said Cllr Squire.
“It makes you wonder what the authorities are afraid of.”
Last week it was announced Britain’s biggest jail will be built in Wrexham.
There are proposals for the huge prison complex to be built on the site of the former Firestone factory on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.
In response to the concerns raised by Cllr Squire, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “This new prison site will provide a real boost to the local economy in North Wales over the next few years.
“We have written to members of the neighbouring community to inform them of our decision, as well as asking local councillors to communicate developments to local residents.
“A number of businesses have already expressed interest in supporting the development of this project and we look forward to discussing our plans further at a forthcoming public preview event.”
The information sheet distributed to homes in Pentre Maelor said: “The Ministry of Justice is subject to the same planning procedures as any other proposal of a similar scale.
“We will be submitting a planning application for consideration by Wrexham Council later this month.
“But before this we want local residents, business and other interested parties to have an opportunity to comment on our proposal.
“We are holding a pre-application public preview at Redwither Tower, Redwither Business Park. It will include information on the proposals and how you can have your say.”
Redwither Tower will be open to view the information on Thursday between 9am and 5pm, Friday between 9am and 8pm and Saturday between 9am and noon.
Representatives from the Ministry of Justice will be available to answer any additional queries people may have on the Friday between 3pm and 8pm and on Saturday between 9am and noon.