Plans for the construction of a new £100 million “super jail” in Peterhead have come under fire from MSPs.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill was urged to reconsider the plans in a Holyrood debate, with Tory MSP Nanette Milne in particular describing the proposal as a “retrograde step”.
The Scottish Government currently has plans to close Aberdeen’s Craiginches prison and build a major new facility, HMP Grampian, in Peterhead.
In a barrage of criticism, Labour justice spokesman Richard Baker MSP added: “I simply can’t understand his bringing forward this proposal. I do hope it is one he will reconsider.”
But Mr MacAskill defended the plan, insisting the Aberdeen jail was “years beyond its sell-by-date, not fit for purpose and with no space for redevelopment”.