New Glen Parva £170m prison: Demonstration against ‘mega-prison in Leicester’ to take place

Glen Parva prison which is set to be demolished

Protesters are to gather outside council offices today to protest about the construction of a new £170m prison at Glen Parva.

Members of the local action group Leicester Prison Resistance are to demonstrate outside Blaby District Council at 3.30pm.

The group is making its opposition known to the plans to create the new prison as councillors arrive for a planning committee meeting at the council offices in Desford Road, Narborough.

Glen Parva’s ageing jail will close in June when the last of its inmates are transferred to other prisons.

Prisons minister Sam Gyimah has told South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa that the 1970s young offenders institution will close within the next few months and be demolished.

Mr Costa, in whose constituency the prison sits, has been tracking the progress of a project to replace the jail with a new Category C prison complex.

A spokesman for the group said: “Come and demonstrate outside the council offices to influence the planning committee to the new mega-prison at HMP Glen Parva.

“The government are in the process of trying to build a new mega-prison in Leicester at the site of HMP Glen Parva.

“It will lock up more than 1600 people.”

Leicester Prison Resistance are staging a public meeting about the proposed new prison at 7pm today at the Secular Hall in Leicester city centre.