Thursday, December 3, 2020

Wellingborough jail contract awarded

G4S has been awarded the contract to manage Wellingborough’s new jail, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer has announced.

The new prison will be called Five Wells, a name chosen by the local community after the five historic wells surrounding Wellingborough.
The agreement will create 700 long-term jobs and see G4S manage the prison until 2032.
Prisons and Probation Minister, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said: “The appointment of G4S to run HMP Five Wells marks another step forward in delivering this Government’s ambitious transformation of the prison system, delivering modern places using the best of public and private sector expertise to rehabilitate offenders.
“The new prison is an important investment not only in the criminal justice system, but also in Wellingborough, creating hundreds of new jobs to support the local economy.”
Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “Construction of HMP Five Wells is progressing amazingly well and this latest news is another major milestone towards its completion.
“The Borough Council of Wellingborough, and in particular our planning team, have worked really closely with the ministry over the last five years to deliver the prison on time and our successor North Northamptonshire Unitary council must now continue to work with the prisons operators in a collaborative way when it is opened.
“The prison will bring a huge boost to the local economy and businesses as we come through this dreadful pandemic, and it will provide hundreds of jobs for local people.
“Having seen and heard the plans for HMP Five Wells I am confident that it will be the flagship of the whole prison estate and Wellingborough and its residents will greatly benefit from this huge investment into our area.”
The new category C resettlement prison in Northamptonshire incorporates the latest design and technology to enhance security and rehabilitation. It will hold around 1,680 prisoners and is due to open in early 2022.

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