Kingston Prison owners ‘underestimated public interest’ in historic Portsmouth venue

The queues outside Kingston Prison
The queues outside Kingston Prison

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THE company in charge of Kingston Prison has said sorry after scores of people eager to have a look around were turned away.

Hundreds of people lined up to attend a public consultation over the future of the historic venue on Wednesday.

We would like to apologise to those that spent time in the queue who unfortunately could not gain access to the prison - this was an unavoidable decision taken with health and safety in mind.

Richard Winsborough, head of planning at City & Country

But some were turned away by the prison’s owner, City & Country, due to health and safety concerns.

The firm says it ‘clearly underestimated the public interest’ in the prison and said there will be more public consultations this summer.

Richard Winsborough, head of planning, said: ‘We would like to apologise to those who spent time in the queue who unfortunately could not gain access to the prison – this was an unavoidable decision taken with health and safety in mind.

‘We would also like to apologise to the prison’s immediate neighbours for the inconvenience that the queue caused.

‘We will be returning later this summer for our second round of consultations, where we will be presenting initial options for the future of this historic site and measures will be in place to ensure a similar situation does not occur.

‘We hope those visitors who unfortunately could not gain access to the prison yesterday will visit one of our subsequent consultations.’