A young offenders institute at a state-of-the-art North-east prison is now being used for staff meetings and drug testing.
The facility at HMP Grampian hasn’t housed inmates since young offenders were moved out following a disturbance just weeks after opening.
The Scottish Prison Service has confirmed it is still assessing the future of the facility.
The jail, in Peterhead, was the Scottish Government’s flagship community prison when it opened in 2014, housing men, women and young offenders on one site.
But the young offenders were moved en masse to YOI Polmont in the central belt following the disturbance.
There have since been repeated calls to return the young offenders to the North-east to allow easy family access and encourage rehabilitation.
But the service has confirmed the area is now being used for activities including drug testing and meetings.
A statement from the service said the future use is still being considered – more than two years after the riot happened.
It said: “No young offenders’ institutes and offices within the remit of the Scottish Prison Service are not in use on a day-to-day basis.
“While the facility at HMP and YOI Grampian is not currently used to accommodate young men, it is used for a number of other purposes including carrying out compulsory drug testing, training, incident command training and office and meeting space for project teams. The future use of this accommodation remains under active consideration.”
Alan Buchan, councillor for Peterhead North and Rattray, said: “A lot of parents were very unhappy they have closed the wing because they had spent so much money to get relatives close to get regular visits.
“It’s important to keep family ties.
“We have been left with a wing empty so they have now had to find uses for it – something it wasn’t meant for.
“There are plenty of meeting rooms around the town and the country and this can be better used for what it was meant to be. It angers me.”