Press release

UK Government welcomes final approval on Wrexham Prison in north Wales

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The £212million prison is due to open in 2017 and will create approximately 1,000 jobs.

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Responding to the announcement that Wrexham Council has given final approval for the scheme, Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns said:

North Wales has long needed its own prison and this final approval is very welcome.

This development, through its construction, running and maintenance, will bring a huge number of jobs to Wrexham and the surrounding region and give a great economic boost to north Wales’ economy.

Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said:

I welcome this final approval. Preparatory work has already started on site ahead of schedule and main construction will begin shortly.

We remain in no doubt that the prison will be a huge benefit to the region. Once operational it is estimated that the prison will create about 1,000 jobs and boost the local economy by about £23million per year.

Published 4 November 2014