Ashfield prison action group formed
A NEW group has been set up in response to plans to convert Ashfield Young Offenders Institute into an adult sex offenders prison.
Pucklechurch residents and councillors have formed the action group which hopes to facilitate direct lobbying in opposition to the controversial changes.
The group was set up following a public meeting on Tuesday, organised by the Chairman of Pucklechurch Parish Council with officials from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and prison service operators Serco.
South Gloucestershire Conservative councillors for the Boyd Valley ward Steve Reade and Ben Stokes said: “Organised by the Chairman of Pucklechurch Parish Council, this latest meeting provided the opportunity for the community to come together to form this action group in order to try and influence the decisions being made by the NOMS in relation to the future of Ashfield.
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“The next step is to encourage residents to write individual letters based on a suggested template as this is felt to be the most persuasive form of lobbying.
“The Ashfield facility is an important local employer and so we want to ensure as much as possible that the changes are acceptable to the local community.”
The new group plans to organise a letter-writing campaign.
NOMS is still in negotiations with Serco about the change of use.