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Take Action to Stop the New Mega-Prison in the NPT area

The situation: Neath and Portalbot (NPT) is set for a new Mega Prison in Baglan, which could have serious repercussions for local people, as well as those harmed by the prison system.

The Local, Stop NPT Prison, group are looking for your support to help fight this Prison development.

On this page you will find information about how to object to the planning application for the new prison.

HOW TO SUPPORT STOP NPT PRISON

  1. Sign our Welsh Assembly Stop NPT Prison e-Petition.
  2. Share the link to our Welsh Assembly Stop NPT Prison e-Petition – https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1230
  3. Come to our Stop NPT Prison Events.
  4. Join our Facebook Group and get involved in the conversation
  5. Follow us on Twitter and get involved in the conversation and sharing our posts.

Objections to the proposed NPT Prison in Baglan

PORT TALBOT SAYS NO TO  PRISON AT THE CORE OF OUR TOWN

The ministry of justice recently announced plans for a 1600 capacity men’s Category C Prison to be built on Baglan Industrial site.

Why Baglan industrial park?

Building a prison on Baglan industrial park will result in both immediate and direct impacts, and longer term “Induced”  impacts on the local area and community.

Immediate and direct impacts a prison will have on our community

Safety will be compromised

  • Our Children

The proposed site is 589 meters from Ysgol Bae Baglan, with a new Welsh Medium super school to be built shortly on the old Sandfields Comprehensive  school site, which 482 meters from the plot.

With children walking to and from school on a daily basis is this the right location for a prison.

St Josephs Junior school and Comprehensive schools are 775 meters from the proposed prison, with Baglan primary school 830 meters away.

Further schools in the area :Tywyn Primary School, YGG Rhos-Afan, Blaen Baglan primary school, St Therese’s  Catholic Primary  School, Arwel y Mor Primary School. Bulldogs Boxing Gym is 280 meters from the proposed prison with children using this facility on a daily basis.

Impact on Local Health Services & Resources

  • Our already strained local NHS

Neath Port Talbot hospital already has a much reduced A&E service, with the local accident center closing at 10pm daily. This puts strain on on both Morriston hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend which are already under pressure with long waiting times.

  • Negative impact on Housing Prices

It is highly likely that if a prison is built in Port Talbot this will have a negative impact on local housing values as houses located near the prison will be in low demand.

  • Our already strained local NHS

Neath Port Talbot hospital already has a much reduced A&E service, with the local accident center closing at 10pm daily. This puts strain on on both Morriston hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend which are already under pressure with long waiting times.

  • Heavy congestion on our roads

Traffic will increase with a new prison on Baglan Industrial park, having a massive impact particularly on peak traffic times. Traffic is already busy in the area, particularly at the seaway parade roundabout at the beginning and end of the day, and during rush hour.

  • Social Housing

Neath Port Talbot is already lacking in housing for social tenants. NPT homes have currently closed their waiting list until September 2017 at the earliest, due to demand in this area. There are local people having to wait a number of years before they are hosed by a social landlord. The demand will become significantly worse again if a prison is built in the area.

Upon release from prison, many inmates find themselves homeless and in need of social housing as they are unable to afford private rented accommodation.

  • Unrealistic claims for local jobs created by the prison

The ministry of justice claim that a “prison itself will create 500 local jobs and generate £11 million in revenue for the local economy”.  The government has already announced plans to close Victorian jails and sources from within both Cardiff and Swansea prisons have confirmed to Bethan Jenkins AM that both these prisons are both earmarked for closure. Should Swansea, Cardiff or both prisons close, this would result in staff being transferred to the new site.

The ministry of justice has not yet confirmed whether local business and suppliers would be guaranteed a contract to carry out the proposed prison plans.

Category C Prisinors released in our community

What is a Category C  Crime?

Inbrief.co.uk/prison-law/male-prisoner-categories/

    • Racially-aggravated criminal damage
    • Fraudulent evasion controls of Class C Drugs
    • Possession of Class a drugs
    • Breach of prison common law
    • Unlawful wounding offences
    • Carrying a loaded firearm in a public place
    • Misuse of drugs
    • Dealing with firearms
    • Concealment of birth offences
    • Escaping from lawful custody without force
    • Child abduction
    • Bomb hoax

Make Port Talbot an Industrial Destination

Baglan Industrial Park and Baglan Energy Park are both part of Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, which is designated for economic growth and enterprise.

The Welsh Government say “Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, in South West Wales, is home to a highly skilled workforce and a wide diversity of sectors – including advanced materials and manufacturing, Energy and environmental and Construction.” However  there is a lack of suitable buildings. We need an industry to help grow our economy. This land should be developed to to encourage investment in key areas such as manufacturing and service industries which can provide sustainability for local people.

Baglan Industrial Park and Baglan Energy Park are both part of Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, which is designated for economic growth and enterprise.

The welsh Government say “Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, in South West Wales, is home to a highly skilled workforce and a wide diversity of sectors – including advanced materials and manufacturing, Energy and environmental and Construction.” However  there is a lack of suitable buildings. We need an industry to help grow our economy. This land should be developed to to encourage investment in key areas such as manufacturing and service industries which can provide sustainability for local people.

Baglan Industrial Park and Baglan Energy Park are both part of Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, which is designated for economic growth and enterprise.

The welsh Government say “Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, in South West Wales, is home to a highly skilled workforce and a wide diversity of sectors – including advanced materials and manufacturing, Energy and environmental and Construction.” However  there is a lack of suitable buildings. We need an industry to help grow our economy. This land should be developed to to encourage investment in key areas such as manufacturing and service industries which can provide sustainability for local people.

Baglan Industrial Park and Baglan Energy Park are both part of Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, which is designated for economic growth and enterprise.

The welsh Government say “Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone, in South West Wales, is home to a highly skilled workforce and a wide diversity of sectors – including advanced materials and manufacturing, Energy and environmental and Construction.” However  there is a lack of suitable buildings. We need an industry to help grow our economy. This land should be developed to to encourage investment in key areas such as manufacturing and service industries which can provide sustainability for local people.

Other Resources

1. Wales Online – http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/huge-new-prison-could-built-12777148

2. ITV  News – http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-03-22/plans-unveiled-for-new-port-talbot-prison/

3. The Wave – http://www.thewave.co.uk/news/local/port-talbot-prison-plans/

4. The Planner – https://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/port-talbot-earmarked-for-major-new-prison

5. Community Against Prison Expansion – http://www.cape-campaign.org

6. CAPE South Wales Prison News Archives  http://www.cape-campaign.org/category/south-wales/