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Jeremy Corbyn to speak on Holloway prison site future

Public meeting comes ahead of Ministry of Justice decision on preferred bidder to redevelop the Camden Road land

02 March, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Holloway prison closed in 2016

JEREMY Corbyn is set to speak on the future of the Holloway prison site tonight (Friday).

The former prison closed in 2016 and the Ministry of Justice will announce its preferred bidder to redevelop the Camden Road land in the coming months.

The Town Hall has set planning guidance demanding at least half of the housing built on the site is “genuinely affordable”.

The local initiative, Community Plan for ­Holloway, carried out a survey last year on what residents want for the site and will present the most popular ideas tomorrow night.

Will McMahon, a spokesman from Community Plan, said: “There will be plenty of time for everyone to discuss what they would like to see happen to the site.

Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn

“The meeting will also be discussing what steps need to be taken to ensure what the community wants is heard loud and clear when planning decisions are made.”

Labour leader and Islington North MP Mr Corbyn will join speakers Niki Gibbs from Reclaim Holloway, Alexandra Lilley from Islington Churches and Glyn Robbins from Islington Unite Housing.

All residents are ­welcome to attend the meeting which will be held at St George’s Church, Crayford Road, in Tufnell Park between 7pm and 8.30pm.]

Meanwhile, the council’s museum service is looking for memories from former Holloway inmates and staff. With funding from the National Lottery, the project will explore London’s last women’s prison through the eyes of its inmates, staff and the local community.

Islington councillor Asima Shaikh said: “We’re interested in both the old, Victorian prison and the newer Holloway Prison that was rebuilt in the 1970s and 80s.”

Anyone who has ­information to share is urged to contact Islington Museum curator Roz Currie by emailing

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