John Reid has said he is going to build a new 700 capacity prison block at Belmarsh Category One High Security Prison. Now besides the fact that they have no planning permission for it yet (thanks to Last Boy Scout for telling me that) there is one other problem.
The map above is a satellite image of the area. Thamesmead is a key aspect of the Government's flagship Thames Gateway re-development project. Currently housing prices are falling there, against the trend in the rest of Greenwich and London as a whole. What better way to address it than to extend Britain "Gitmo" on the other side of the road?
Oh yes, and just to add to that amusement, it's close to the river on the wrong side of the Thames Barrier, so when climate change finally does take it toll (as the Government says it will) it will be underwater anyway. On the bright side I live at the top of the hill overlooking the river so I will have a sea view.