Arfon Liberal Democrats were pleased to her plans for a £250m prison in North Wales which will create over 1,000 jobs.
The prison is expected to be built on a site on a Wrexham industrial estate by 2017, and in addition to boosting the economy and creating jobs, it will make family visits easier, which goes some way to supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners.
The announcement is worth £100m in the current spending round and could be worth £23m a year to the north Wales economy, a welcome announcement for North Wales.
North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick said a prison in north Wales would help rehabilitate offenders “by making them more accessible to their families, the probation service and the youth justice service”.
Aled Roberts AM commented:
“When I met with the UK Government ministers some weeks ago, it was clear that the UK Government would consider their prison building programme as part of the spending review.
“Going back to when I was leader of Wrexham Council, I have argued that there is a strong case for a new prison to be located in North Wales. Such a facility will certainly bring considerable economic benefits to our region and could lead to the creation of over a thousand jobs. This investment will provide a significant economic boost in our region.
“When I spoke to the Ministry of Justice and Danny Alexander, it was clear that they were impressed by the business case put forward in favour of North Wales. I, alongside my Welsh Liberal Democrat colleagues, have been working tirelessly with Liberal Democrat Ministers in London to ensure a prison in North Wales would become a reality. Many across north Wales, including the six local authorities, have worked together on this bid and it shows what can be done when we work as a team.”