SIR: The first shot at a plan by the MoD for the soon to be disused Andover Road barracks is not bad (Chronicle, December 10). The devil will be in the detail.

But why don’t government departments talk to each other? I propose building a new fit-for purpose prison on part of the Andover Road site. That would free up the existing prison site for housing - preferably with a large proportion of lower cost housing for those who work at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital (whatever its future).

The Andover Road site should also have housing suitable for prison staff, together with appropriate schooling and other support services.

Techer Jones,

Lane End,