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Council chief’s fury at being given 15 HOURS notice of plan to move asylum seekers into hotel

The fury of the council housing manager for receiving only 15 HOURS notice of the plan to move 80 asylum seekers to a local hotel

  • Hotel proposals for asylum seekers revealed to city council heads at 4pm Friday
  • Local deputy was informed at 7 am on Saturday with migrants who would arrive two hours later
  • The head of housing warned that services “were already stretched” due to two other hotels

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Asylum chiefs have stirred anger with plans to move 80 migrants to a seaside hotel, giving local officials only 15 hours’ notice.

In a strongly worded email, the head of housing in Morecambe, Lancashire, warned the Home Office that support services were “already stretched to the limit” as two other hotels were being used to house 221 asylum seekers.

The council official warned of “ongoing and unresolved cohesion and security issues” and said new arrivals could cause “conflicts” within the area.

Asylum Chiefs Have Stirred Anger With Plans To Move 80 Migrants To A Seaside Hotel, Giving Local Officials Only 15 Hours' Notice. Immigrants Are Seen Arriving In Dover Last Month.

Asylum chiefs have stirred anger with plans to move 80 migrants to a seaside hotel, giving local officials only 15 hours’ notice. Immigrants are seen arriving in Dover last month.

The proposals were revealed to the heads of the city council at 4 pm on Friday and to the local deputy at 7 am on Saturday, and the migrants must arrive from 9 am on Saturday.

In the email sent Friday night, Jo Wilkinson, head of housing for Lancaster City Council, complained that she had not received “at least 24 hours’ notice.”

Miss Wilkinson warned: ‘Community cohesion has become a significant risk in the district as a direct result of the use of two standby hotels. If this third hotel goes ahead, conflict at one of the sites and within the community at large is inevitable.

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1670211470 99 Council Chiefs Fury At Being Given 15 Hours Notice Of

Last night Conservative MP David Morris (pictured) said that after talks yesterday afternoon the Home Office agreed to use the hotel as a “temporary measure” limited to three weeks.

‘A list of incidents was previously shared with colleagues from the Home Office; these have included a protest/demonstration, sexual offences, assaults, multiple alleged racially motivated assaults on asylum seekers, (and) a huge negative social media presence around the hotel’s two current sites, including one around the alleged attempted rape of a woman by a nursing home. seeker.’

David Morris, Conservative MP for Morecambe and Monday, said: “We are not an unwelcoming area and have received more refugees and asylum seekers than most other parts of Lancashire.” But there needs to be time to get the services and facilities up and running.’

He said last night that following talks yesterday afternoon, the Home Office has agreed to use the hotel as a ‘temporary measure’ limited to three weeks.

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