Controversial Refugee Facility in Small Village of Just 700 Residents Recruiting Staff Despite Government Claiming It’s “On Hold”

They’re preparing to accept migrants despite telling residents scheme is being re-considered.

Despite the government claiming plans are “on hold” for 1500 refugees to be housed at an asylum center in a village of just 700 residents, hundreds of employees are already being recruited to staff the facility.

As we previously highlighted, following sustained protests from members of the community who weren’t initially even consulted when the government announced the plan, a scheme to host the 1500 migrants in the village was seemingly set to be abandoned.

Huge demonstrations drew attention to the fact that the demographic balance of the village would be completely destroyed and that it doesn’t have the services to cope with such a large influx of people.

Residents also complained that the 1500 migrants, the vast majority of whom will be young fighting age men, would have nothing to do and that crime and social disorder would inevitably ensue.

Earlier this month, the government reacted to vehement demonstrations by residents, heightened media attention and a legal challenge by temporarily delaying the program right on the eve of when the first 60 migrants (all men) were set to arrive in the village.

Then earlier this week, authorities announced that the Home Office “will not accommodate asylum seekers at Linton-on-Ouse until it is safe and confirms to legal requirements.”

“Only once that is all in place will they make a formal decision on whether to use the site for asylum accommodation,” said North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe.

However, evidence that the government has secretly decided to go ahead with the project anyway arrives in the form of comments by Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake.

According to Hollinrake, recruitment has already begun for 300-400 employees to staff the site and “facilities are also being moved onto the site.”

The MP added that it was “not clear” what was happening and that the contradiction in what the government is saying and what it is doing is “confusing.”

“Major government contractor Serco has begun seeking staff for the site, saying it is building up a staff team progressively, taking some from other sites,” reportsThe York Press.

“Eventually, the contractor aims to have around 100 people at the base, including security, catering, welfare and support teams. It also seeks a full-time ‘activity co-ordinator’, paying £27,500 a year.”

“Part of that job advertisement said: “The operations team is at the heart of the contract success providing a large asylum centre on behalf of UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) at RAF Linton. The department will be responsible for the onsite support, provision of service and safeguarding of our vulnerable service users.”

“Serco will be providing full catering with three meals a day, a range of sports activities, including a gym, football, squash, cricket, etc; a shop, arrangements for religious observance, visits, cleaning and hygiene services, welfare provision, wellbeing and resettlement, plus facilitation and supervision of official, legal and case related interviews, visits and hearings.”

Some observers warn that 100,000 boat migrants could arrive in Britain by the end of the year.

Economic migrants continue to be incentivized to board small boats bound for England from France because the government ensures they are rescued safely and then gives them free accommodation.

The government is currently putting them up in hotels at taxpayer expense at a cost of £5 million a day.


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  • Niall McConnell
    published this page in News 2022-06-19 12:46:37 +0100
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