Aled Roberts, AM for North Wales, writes...
There has always been a clear need for a prison in north Wales for many reasons. Ever since I was leader of Wrexham Council I have been pushing hard for a prison to be built in the north of our nation. Today's announcement means that this will now be delivered by Liberal Democrats and the Coalition Government.
Our region needs a prison as it's simply not right that families from north Wales have had to travel such long distances to visit family members. The emotional and financial strain put on these families is simply unacceptable.
It's important that this new prison provides an economic benefit for the whole region. I'm therefore pleased that it was announced today that:
- £30 million will be spent with local businesses
- 50% of the entire workforce will be recruited from the local area
- 100 apprenticeships will be created locally
This will be a great boost to our local community, creating a stronger economy in north Wales by bringing hundreds of job opportunities. It's good news for Welsh language campaigners too, as prisoners from north Wales should now be able to receive a Welsh medium service.