I hope I am not bombarding you all with too many updates but given how important the prison expansion is and the impact it may have on residents I feel more is probably better than less at the moment. if I am wrong please let me know.
Tonight I have the opportunity to “brief” both Stradishall and Hundon Parish Councillors. This is not a Parish Council meeting but an informal chat to ensure as much information is available as possible. Unfortunately, because of the strict security most of the usual documents are not available to the general public. I have read a full set of the docs and there are a lot of them!
One of the contentious issues for local residents is the plan to build two new car parks. One will back onto the rear of Chestnut Road with the potential to be a security risk as well as cause disruption when shifts change during the night. Additional security lighting may also affect residents.
The good news is my objection to this car park has been fed back to the MoJ via our planning officer and is under active consideration as we speak. Let’s cross our fingers.
If this car park is relocated it would go a long way to buy goodwill from the residents. The prison benefits from happy, proactive residents who can act as many eyes and ears as to what is going on around the perimeter of the prison. Valuable goodwill that should not be squandered because of a carelessly placed car park!!!!
I am seeking to work with the Prison to get the very best deal possible for local residents. I have a shopping list of things to discuss when I meet the Governor early in feb but I also bring some goodies for the prison as well. Cooperation is always the best way but if that fails …….