Assurances on placements

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THe chairman of the Forfar Resource Store has been given assurances by the Scottish Prison Service that in-mates will continue to be made available to the local charity when they are transferred to Castle Huntly Open Prison.

The imminent closure of Noranside Prison was raised at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council, with chairman Mrs Isobel Ross expressing her regret that the facility will close down.

Angus Councillor Glennis Middleton, chairman of the charity said: “The resource store has been given assurances by the prison service that the placements will continue.

“They are most anxious to honour the commitments they have already made, but I think the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, especially in the bad weather.

“I still think it will be very difficult to transport numbers of people from Castle Huntly to various locations in Angus. I’m not quite sure the logistics of that.

“We have never had any problems with our placements and I think it’s seen as a very positive experience for everyone, and certainly the SPS are very supportive of that.”