I recently had the chance to show David Hanson MP, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, the 'Ferodo' site and to consider the implications of the being on the Ministry of Justice shortlist. As a result my press release said :
JOBS BOOST FROM NEW PRISON COULD BE GOOD NEWS SAYS LABOUR CANDIDIATE
"The impact of new jobs from constructing and then running a new prison needs careful consideration" says Martin Eaglestone Labour's Parliamentary candiidate in Arfon. Mr Eaglestone said this as the Ministry of Justice announced that the site of the former Ferodo factory outside Caernarfon is on a shortlist of potential sites for new prisons in Wales".
"This would be a significant investment and create a significant number of relatively well paid jobs in the Caernarfon area. That needs careful consideration in the current consultation process and I would urge people to make thier views known".
"The former Ferodo site is well placed and if we can see further improvements in public transport then it is strategically located near to the new courts complex in Caernarfon. This gives the site a number of advantages".
The local people, The Caernarfon Herald, is now engaging well with this debate and it not surprising to see the pros and cons being aired. The more debate the better.