Stocken Prison applies for extension despite sewer problems

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A PRISON has applied to extend its period for increased prisoner numbers, despite still having problems with sewerage.

Stocken Prison near Stretton was given permission to increase its prisoner numbers from 948 prisoners to 1,162 for six months from October last year to April.

This was due to the increased number of prisoners on shorter sentences after the riots around the country last summer.

HMP Stocken is a category C prison.

The Ministry of Justice has now applied to Rutland County Council to extend the increased number of prisoners until the end of September.

In its support statement for the application building surveyors Lambert Smith Hampton state: “Although the peak in demand arising from the civic disturbances in the summer of 2011 would have subsided, circumstances elsewhere mean that the additional places at HMP Stocken remain a key part of the Ministry of Justice’s response to managing the rise in the prison population.”

Two new prisons in Thameside and Oakwood opened this spring but prisoners are only gradually being moved there.

Two new blocks have been built at Stocken Prsion, replacing the old houseblocks for prisoners, but since then there has been problems with the drainage from the site.

The increase in prisoners would only add to the problem so when permission was granted for the number of prisoners to be extended the council stated that the sewerage be removed from the site by tanker and it must not enter the foul drainage system.

Since then the prison has been working with Anglian Water to solve the problem and at the moment sewerage is still being removed by tanker.

According to the submission by Lambert Smith Hampton the drainage system problems should soon be solved and the drainage will be able to cope with the increased number of prisoners.

In October last year, two weeks after the application for extended places was first received, Rutland County Council granted permission for a third new cell block to be built on the site despite the other blocks not being full.