LANCASTER Castle is “falling into a state of disrepair” just months after it closed as a prison, according to a former member of staff.
Brian Norcross, former branch chairman of the Prison Officer’s Association (POA) at the castle, said that were weeds more than two feet high growing out of the walls of the Grade I Listed structure, and that the surrounding cobbled area was a mass of weeds.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) still has responsibility for the upkeep of the building after it moved prisoners out in April, and must maintain it until a three-year lease termination period expires in 2014. The MoJ said it is not disputing the terms of its lease.
Mr Norcross said: “The MoJ has used the building as a prison for over 50 years, what is wrong with showing a little goodwill towards the public and visitors by allowing free parking on the front terrace? Or are they so ashamed at the state of the place that they would rather keep it out of the public eye?
See the Lancaster Guardian (14-07-11) for full story.