Prison staff devastated at closure of Bullwood Hall

Echo: Prison staff devastated at closure of Bullwood Hall in Hockley Prison staff devastated at closure of Bullwood Hall in Hockley


MORE than 140 staff will move out of Hockley next week following the closure of Bullwood Hall prison.


The Ministry of Justice announced yesterday (thurs) the prison would be one of six closures in England.


The staff will be offered the choice of redundancy, relocation or retirement under the scheme to build a so-called super-prison.
Mick Roe, chairman of the Prison Officers Association, said staff had been left shocked by the sudden announcement.

Mr Roe, 57, from Leigh said: “They are devastated.
“There are 140 directly employed staff but it affects up to 200 staff if you take into account the private organisations which run our education and our health care systems.
“The prison is the biggest employer in the area so it will have a huge knock-on effect with local businesses.”


And now the question remains what will become of the site.
Mr Roe added: “What will happen to the surrounding community when they sell the land off?
They don’t know what they will get. It’s near Hockley woods so its in a good area. Homes are needed in the area so it’s likely it will be sold off for housing.
“I don’t think it will go down well locally.”


Mr Roe said staff were taking the news badly.
He said: “Personally I will retire but it’s devastating for the other staff. Many have been at Bullwood Hall for a long time so the closure has hit them badly. They will have to take voluntary redundancy or accept transfers.”


There are up to 230 prisoners at Bullwood Hall at any one time, and more than 800 passed through the prison between August 2011 and July 2012.
The vast majority are deported at the end of their sentences.


The current prisoners will be moved out next week and dispersed to other prisons across the country.
As well as Bullwood Hall, Canterbury, Gloucester, Kingston, Shepton Mallet and Shrewsbury will also close, while Chelmsford, Hull and Isle of Wight will see some accommodation reduced.


The plans affect 2,600 prisoners
A feasibility study on what would be Britain's largest prison in London, the North West or North Wales, holding more than 2,000 prisoners, is also to begin, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said.


Announcing the plans yesterday, (thurs) Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "We have to bring down the cost of our prison system, much of which is old and expensive.
“But I never want the courts to be in a position where they cannot send a criminal to prison because there is no place available.
“So we have to move as fast as we can to replace the older parts of our prison system."

 

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9:18am Sat 12 Jan 13

Thames Gateway says...

Sympathies to those effected and losing their jobs, and having to disrupt their lives and move unexpectedly.
More than 130 staff for maximum of 230 prisoners does not sound good value for the taxpayers however.
Sympathies to those effected and losing their jobs, and having to disrupt their lives and move unexpectedly. More than 130 staff for maximum of 230 prisoners does not sound good value for the taxpayers however. Thames Gateway

9:32am Sat 12 Jan 13

Rochford Rob says...

I've often wondered why is costs north of 40k pa to keep a scrote locked up. I could incarcerate them for £100 a week.

The legal & judiciary system are not fit for purpose and what do you actually have to do these days to get locked up anyway going by some of the stories read on these pages alone.

Close the prisons, save money, let them all out. Those that govern us and judges are protected and needn't worry.

The actual solution is to build MORE prisons, make them so terrible that once visited you'd never want to go back.

There is no deterent anymore.
I've often wondered why is costs north of 40k pa to keep a scrote locked up. I could incarcerate them for £100 a week. The legal & judiciary system are not fit for purpose and what do you actually have to do these days to get locked up anyway going by some of the stories read on these pages alone. Close the prisons, save money, let them all out. Those that govern us and judges are protected and needn't worry. The actual solution is to build MORE prisons, make them so terrible that once visited you'd never want to go back. There is no deterent anymore. Rochford Rob

11:19am Sat 12 Jan 13

perplexedofSouthend says...

Nothing is sacred. If G4s get's involved I hope they don't mess up relocations & send nursing home closure victims to prison & offenders to care homes!
Nothing is sacred. If G4s get's involved I hope they don't mess up relocations & send nursing home closure victims to prison & offenders to care homes! perplexedofSouthend

11:38am Sat 12 Jan 13

Rich,Carol says...

They say the Prisons are under staffed so why cant these wardens get transfered to another Jail ?

The whole Courts, crimal and prison system must be changed. Yesterday the Echo stated that a man who was a prolific criminal and pulled a knife on someone escaped jail again. Yesterday a woman of 42 from Ilford was given 12 weeks prison for using her friends credit card unlawfully.

Now this above is where it all breaks down. The woman is now in jail and no threat to the public, but the man will be out drinking and clubbing tonight and is a danger to the public.

We need more prisons for the real bad prolific dangerous offenders.
They say the Prisons are under staffed so why cant these wardens get transfered to another Jail ? The whole Courts, crimal and prison system must be changed. Yesterday the Echo stated that a man who was a prolific criminal and pulled a knife on someone escaped jail again. Yesterday a woman of 42 from Ilford was given 12 weeks prison for using her friends credit card unlawfully. Now this above is where it all breaks down. The woman is now in jail and no threat to the public, but the man will be out drinking and clubbing tonight and is a danger to the public. We need more prisons for the real bad prolific dangerous offenders. Rich,Carol

2:08pm Sat 12 Jan 13

runwellian says...

My understanding was that Bullwood Hall had been changed from a ladies prison into a centre for immigrants so the easy solution would be to send them back from whence they came!
My understanding was that Bullwood Hall had been changed from a ladies prison into a centre for immigrants so the easy solution would be to send them back from whence they came! runwellian

3:04pm Sat 12 Jan 13

lucy10 says...

runwellian wrote:
My understanding was that Bullwood Hall had been changed from a ladies prison into a centre for immigrants so the easy solution would be to send them back from whence they came!
RUNWELLIAN I 2ND THAT
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: My understanding was that Bullwood Hall had been changed from a ladies prison into a centre for immigrants so the easy solution would be to send them back from whence they came![/p][/quote]RUNWELLIAN I 2ND THAT lucy10

3:53pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

I think they should change it, to a secure mental hospital, to save all the nutters from roaming around in the local communities.
I think they should change it, to a secure mental hospital, to save all the nutters from roaming around in the local communities. Carnabackable

4:04pm Sat 12 Jan 13

backstabbedworker says...

as usual the uninitiated public believe all they read! Most of the 140 staff are underpaid civilian and support workers, far less than at other prisons. no mention obbviously of the good work or assaults against staff!!! try getting your facts right
as usual the uninitiated public believe all they read! Most of the 140 staff are underpaid civilian and support workers, far less than at other prisons. no mention obbviously of the good work or assaults against staff!!! try getting your facts right backstabbedworker

4:14pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

The prison staff have had it too good, for way too long, privatise the lot, let G4S run the lot, makes sense, and will save a fortune..
The prison staff have had it too good, for way too long, privatise the lot, let G4S run the lot, makes sense, and will save a fortune.. Carnabackable

4:24pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Essex Medja says...

Rich,Carol says...
They say the Prisons are under staffed so why cant these wardens get transfered to another Jail ?
.
You really should read the article.
.
"The staff will be offered the choice of redundancy, relocation or retirement.."
Rich,Carol says... They say the Prisons are under staffed so why cant these wardens get transfered to another Jail ? . You really should read the article. . "The staff will be offered the choice of redundancy, relocation or retirement.." Essex Medja

5:57pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Rob777 says...

Why not just report that the prison / detention site is closing & perhaps give us a bit of info on its history ?

There is not need to try an spin a sob story for these prison guards "The staff will be offered the choice of redundancy, relocation or retirement" In other words a payout / keep their job / early pension. I can think of many much worse off.
Why not just report that the prison / detention site is closing & perhaps give us a bit of info on its history ? There is not need to try an spin a sob story for these prison guards "The staff will be offered the choice of redundancy, relocation or retirement" In other words a payout / keep their job / early pension. I can think of many much worse off. Rob777

7:45pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

backstabbedworker wrote:
as usual the uninitiated public believe all they read! Most of the 140 staff are underpaid civilian and support workers, far less than at other prisons. no mention obbviously of the good work or assaults against staff!!! try getting your facts right
Have you an axe to grind ?, try sharpening your writing abilities first....
[quote][p][bold]backstabbedworker[/bold] wrote: as usual the uninitiated public believe all they read! Most of the 140 staff are underpaid civilian and support workers, far less than at other prisons. no mention obbviously of the good work or assaults against staff!!! try getting your facts right[/p][/quote]Have you an axe to grind ?, try sharpening your writing abilities first.... Carnabackable

1:58pm Tue 15 Jan 13

southend_Dave says...

Carnabackable wrote:
backstabbedworker wrote:
as usual the uninitiated public believe all they read! Most of the 140 staff are underpaid civilian and support workers, far less than at other prisons. no mention obbviously of the good work or assaults against staff!!! try getting your facts right
Have you an axe to grind ?, try sharpening your writing abilities first....
As he obviously works there he obviously does have an ace to grind, and has more reason to post than your pathetic insult.
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]backstabbedworker[/bold] wrote: as usual the uninitiated public believe all they read! Most of the 140 staff are underpaid civilian and support workers, far less than at other prisons. no mention obbviously of the good work or assaults against staff!!! try getting your facts right[/p][/quote]Have you an axe to grind ?, try sharpening your writing abilities first....[/p][/quote]As he obviously works there he obviously does have an ace to grind, and has more reason to post than your pathetic insult. southend_Dave

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