Date lodged: 9 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government further to the answer to question S5W-07139 by Michael Matheson on 8 March 2017, what the timeline is for (a) the process of identifying the sites, (b) community consultation and (c) providing an update on this matter.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 21 March 2017
I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:
The timeline will be dependent on the availability of suitable sites and planning permission being obtained. Community consultation will also form part of the planning process.
The SPS is currently working towards timescales to achieve the opening of community custody units from 2019 onwards and an update will be provided once the sites have been identified.