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New Prison 6 September 2005

    The Department of Home Affairs is pleased to confirm that the contract for construction of the new prison at Jurby was signed on 30th August 2005. In signing the contract the Minister for Home Affairs, John Shimmin commented:

    ‘I am delighted that this major milestone has been achieved and that work can finally get underway on site at Jurby. I am sure Prison Service staff are excited about the prospect of moving to the new facility and the improved working conditions and standards that will be provided. We believe the prison will hallmark the beginning of a new era for custodial services on the Isle of Man in providing humane, modern and secure facilities to meet our international obligations.’

    Work will take two years to complete and following a commissioning and lock out period inmates are expected to be transferred to the new facility by December 2007. Site mobilization has commenced and initial excavations are underway. One of the first tasks is to form the new entrance to the site off the A10 coast road.

    The Department and Contractor are keen to mitigate potential environmental impact, nuisance or disturbance the works may generate to local residents and regular dialogue will continue through Jurby Commissioners to keep residents informed of impending activities on site. Safety briefings are also planned at Jurby school to warn children of the dangers of playing near construction sites.

    The Department will issue regular updates in due course which will include details of recruitment and possible job opportunities at the prison.

    6th September 2005

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