Camp Hill decision still awaited

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Camp Hill decision still awaited

HMP Camp Hill.

THE Prison Service has denied any decisions have been made over the future of Camp Hill.

The Isle of Wight jail was officially closed last month after the government announced the shock decision just weeks before.

More than 400 prisoners were transferred to mainland jails and staff either took voluntary redundancy, early retirement or jobs at mainland prisons.

As part of decommissioning, the jail has been stripped of its equipment.

Responding to rumours the 101-year-old jail was to become an immigration holding centre, a Prison Service spokesman said: "We are considering the future use of HMP Camp Hill. No decisions have been made."



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by Ernest Citizen

16th May 2013, at 19:30:02


So I posted a comment about how everything in the so-called decommissioning is just dumped and it gets removed?

An incredible amount of waste went on: hundreds of flat screen TVs, brand new gym equipment, workshop machinery, cleaning materials - the list went on and on.

Call me naive but I used to think newspapers investigated this sort of thing.

It was a scandal and no-one seems to care.

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by James McAdder

15th May 2013, at 15:35:11

I agree with Jim Buchanan. Novelty Hotel.

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by Jane Smith

15th May 2013, at 14:28:57

I also fail to understand why the pressure for a decision anyway. The prison was chosen for closure. At that time, it was not planned for mothballing for future use. Everything was stripped out and all areas were locked down. If it does get used, then any outcome that generates some employment has got to be more preferable than it sitting there doing nothing.

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by Jane Smith

15th May 2013, at 14:09:49

Return it to nature? An interesting concept, however, Camp Hill Prison is full of asbestos and the cost and logistics of such a transformation is hardly practical. Whilst nature is wonderful, hardly the most lovely of sites, sandwiched between two other prisons?!

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by Tim Brayford

15th May 2013, at 13:12:36

Demolish the prison and return it to nature

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by Jim Buchanan

15th May 2013, at 11:09:14

With a bit of imagination it would make a great hotel / therapy spa / conference facility / sports complex etc etc which could become a landmark facility if done properly

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by Peter Lewis

15th May 2013, at 10:07:35

An immigration holding centre ? Run by HM Prisons or G4S (other private "securty" firms are also available)? Hmmm!!
Do you want three guesses?
Though it's only a rumour so probably not even been discussed.

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