Protest over East Riding prison plans

Villagers in the Stamford Bridge area of the East Riding are holding a protest today over plans to create a huge prison in nearby Full Sutton.

The Category C facility would accommodate over 1,400 male prisoners, with 720 staff needed to run the prison.

Stamford Bridge Councillor Colin Clarke is concerned about the increase in traffic and fears it could lead to drug problems.

He says: "Prison submission is a really bad idea and it would be harmful to this area and to people in Full Sutton and the surrounding villages and towns. That's the reason quite a number of people have objected so far and a protest would highlight this issue and bring it to the public's attention."

A Prison Service spokesman says it's part of a significant investment to modernise prisons, boosting the local economy by creating jobs.
He says: "This new prison is part of a significant investment across England and Wales to modernise prisons, boosting the local economy by creating jobs.

"We have engaged with local stakeholders and the community about our plans for the new prison and submitted a planning application to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in December."
 

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