Councillors in Denbighshire have supported calls by the North Wales Regional Leadership Board to have a prison built in the region.
Representatives of the Board, made up of Leaders from the six North Wales
Councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the North Wales Police,The North
Wales Fire and Rescue Authority and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
have lobbied the Ministry of Justice for over five years.
Their campaign was backed by Denbighshire members meeting at County Hall,
Ruthin today (Tuesday).
Councillor Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire County Council said: "It is
great news that North Wales is on the shortlist of regions to be considered for
a new prison and councillors in Denbighshire unanimously supported the
"We are excited about the potential of a prison being built in North
Wales. It would involve a substantial investment in the region's economy and
could create hundreds of new jobs. We need the investment and the jobs but we
also need to have a prison where the Welsh Language Act applies so that Welsh
culture can be recognised in the prison system.
"We believe there is a strong argument for securing a prison in North
Wales and the Regional Leadership Board will continue to lobby the Government.
It is very early days, but we will continue with dialogue and await a decision
on whether our region has been successful."