Trafford councillors angered by decision on asylum seekers

Messenger Newspapers: The asylum seekers arrive at the Amblehurst Hotel The asylum seekers arrive at the Amblehurst Hotel

A DECISION to place more than 100 asylum seekers at Sale’s Amblehurst Hotel has sparked shock and outrage among Trafford Conservative and Labour councillors.

The ruling Tories said they were given just 48 hours' notice for what will be a nine-week placement at the hotel on Washway Road.

The group of asylum seekers comprises 31 families from mixed nationalities and the council is angry not to have had a say in the decision.

An emergency meeting of the Conservative group was held on Tuesday in a bid to defer the transfer of the asylum seekers to Trafford.

Cllr Matthew Colledge, leader of Trafford Council, said: “To be given less than 48 hours notice of the imposition of a large contingent of asylum seekers is frankly ludicrous.

“I have asked, along with partners from the NHS, for the decision to be deferred but this is not to be. It is intensely irritating that as council leader I have had no opportunity to influence the decision at all.”

Cllr Colledge said he was sympathetic to the plight of asylum seekers but expressed concern over the strain that could be put on Trafford’s services.

Cllr Colledge said: “I recognise that some asylum seekers are escaping from appalling situations and that may include the children arriving in Trafford. However with schools and GP surgeries full in the Sale area I question the logic of choosing this location.

“We will of course work with the NHS and the police to ensure that there are no detrimental effects upon our local community and I am seeking assurances that this will only be a one off instance.”

Cllr David Acton, leader of Trafford’s Labour group, said: “This is an appalling situation. It seems to me that SERCO, who are a private company appointed by the Government to deal with Asylum Seekers, are incompetent. The Government is wrong to expect any local Authority to try to deal with a situation like this where 104 Asylum Seekers are sent to an area, without prior notice, and have not had any time to be prepared to receive them. It is an absolute shambles and unacceptable.”

Ashton on Mersey ward councillor Brian Rigby, where the Amblehurst is located, said ‘ I'm totally shocked as a ward councillor, that myself and my ward colleagues were given 48 hours notice.

“It flIes in the face of all that is reasonable that SERCO, the company placing the asylum seekers, felt that there was absolutely no need to consult with ourselves as Ward Councillors or the local authority.”

But a spokesman for SERCO said: “Serco provides accommodation services in the north west of England for asylum seekers on behalf of the Home Office. We are currently using the Amblehurst Hotel to temporarily accommodate a number of Asylum Seekers who were previously being looked after in Liverpool. In due course these people will be found further housing throughout the north west of England pending the outcome of the Home office review into their eligibility to claim asylum. At all times we work closely with the local authorities, the Home Office and local services including the Police, Health and Education bodies to carefully manage the safe and appropriate accommodation of asylum seekers in our care.”

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5:29pm Wed 4 Dec 13

watching says...

More problems for our understaffed police force and other public services,our benefits office will take another bashing and abuse.This Government are so out of touch with the public's feelings on immigration its unbelievable,we are a dumping ground.
More problems for our understaffed police force and other public services,our benefits office will take another bashing and abuse.This Government are so out of touch with the public's feelings on immigration its unbelievable,we are a dumping ground. watching

5:45am Thu 5 Dec 13

mms98 says...

"It is intensely irritating that as council leader I have had no opportunity to influence the decision at all."

Maybe mr colledge feels like a trafford resident now?

As trafford council tax payers, what influence have we had with council desicions.

Pot and kettle springs to mind.

Cllr Colledge said he was sympathetic to the plight of asylum seekers but expressed concern over the strain that could be put on Trafford’s services.

Is that because you Made too many redundant?

As regards the comment about more problems for the police, why? , has a crime been commited? Most assylum seekers I have met have been fantastic people who through no fault of there own been displaced and need safety.

Look on the bright side, at least a local hotel will be full for at least nine weeks!!
"It is intensely irritating that as council leader I have had no opportunity to influence the decision at all." Maybe mr colledge feels like a trafford resident now? As trafford council tax payers, what influence have we had with council desicions. Pot and kettle springs to mind. Cllr Colledge said he was sympathetic to the plight of asylum seekers but expressed concern over the strain that could be put on Trafford’s services. Is that because you Made too many redundant? As regards the comment about more problems for the police, why? , has a crime been commited? Most assylum seekers I have met have been fantastic people who through no fault of there own been displaced and need safety. Look on the bright side, at least a local hotel will be full for at least nine weeks!! mms98

12:41pm Thu 5 Dec 13

dipperdapper says...

Im now sick of all this mess this evil Tory government is doing to the UK and guilt tripping labour to disguise everything, Our council never knew when they was coming or going and things as you can see are very dire now, All i can say is "here,s to a labour government in 2015"
Im now sick of all this mess this evil Tory government is doing to the UK and guilt tripping labour to disguise everything, Our council never knew when they was coming or going and things as you can see are very dire now, All i can say is "here,s to a labour government in 2015" dipperdapper

3:51pm Thu 5 Dec 13

GEOBRAF says...

At least they will be convenient for the magistrate's court.
At least they will be convenient for the magistrate's court. GEOBRAF

11:33pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Elvis09 says...

Don't hear many complaints from the proprietor of the hotel who surely could have said "no thanks"
Will be getting paid hansomly for it no doubt.
Maybe he can employ a bit of cheap labour from them too to get the place done up abit, it's a hovel and shadow of it's former self. Still living on the days footballers went in there.
Win win situation.
Don't hear many complaints from the proprietor of the hotel who surely could have said "no thanks" Will be getting paid hansomly for it no doubt. Maybe he can employ a bit of cheap labour from them too to get the place done up abit, it's a hovel and shadow of it's former self. Still living on the days footballers went in there. Win win situation. Elvis09

2:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

A UK Tax Payer says...

Here we go again.
Who is picking up the "Tab" for this lot?
Oh yes the hard working people of the UK.
Scandalous - I saw a Top Gear programme recently where whole towns were empty in Spain - Ship them over there
I hope they are on FULL BOARD we wouldn't want anyone starving would we?!!
Here we go again. Who is picking up the "Tab" for this lot? Oh yes the hard working people of the UK. Scandalous - I saw a Top Gear programme recently where whole towns were empty in Spain - Ship them over there I hope they are on FULL BOARD we wouldn't want anyone starving would we?!! A UK Tax Payer

3:13pm Fri 6 Dec 13

A UK Tax Payer says...

Better still so that their Human Rights aren't infringed give them All Inclusive!!
Better still so that their Human Rights aren't infringed give them All Inclusive!! A UK Tax Payer

4:24pm Fri 6 Dec 13

A UK Tax Payer says...

mms98 wrote:
"It is intensely irritating that as council leader I have had no opportunity to influence the decision at all."

Maybe mr colledge feels like a trafford resident now?

As trafford council tax payers, what influence have we had with council desicions.

Pot and kettle springs to mind.

Cllr Colledge said he was sympathetic to the plight of asylum seekers but expressed concern over the strain that could be put on Trafford’s services.

Is that because you Made too many redundant?

As regards the comment about more problems for the police, why? , has a crime been commited? Most assylum seekers I have met have been fantastic people who through no fault of there own been displaced and need safety.

Look on the bright side, at least a local hotel will be full for at least nine weeks!!
Well mms98 if you think that a bunch of asylum seekers are harmless and "Fantastic" people - why don't you take a couple in your home and save the tax payer some cash?
[quote][p][bold]mms98[/bold] wrote: "It is intensely irritating that as council leader I have had no opportunity to influence the decision at all." Maybe mr colledge feels like a trafford resident now? As trafford council tax payers, what influence have we had with council desicions. Pot and kettle springs to mind. Cllr Colledge said he was sympathetic to the plight of asylum seekers but expressed concern over the strain that could be put on Trafford’s services. Is that because you Made too many redundant? As regards the comment about more problems for the police, why? , has a crime been commited? Most assylum seekers I have met have been fantastic people who through no fault of there own been displaced and need safety. Look on the bright side, at least a local hotel will be full for at least nine weeks!![/p][/quote]Well mms98 if you think that a bunch of asylum seekers are harmless and "Fantastic" people - why don't you take a couple in your home and save the tax payer some cash? A UK Tax Payer

12:52am Sat 7 Dec 13

UrmstonAngler says...

Yet another nail in the coffin of the once great Amblehurst, Strange to think it was once the hotel of choice of Sir Alex and other united stars...a look on trip advisor shows what a state it has become!
Yet another nail in the coffin of the once great Amblehurst, Strange to think it was once the hotel of choice of Sir Alex and other united stars...a look on trip advisor shows what a state it has become! UrmstonAngler

1:01am Sat 7 Dec 13

AlwaysWatching says...

Well observed Elvis09. £75,000 a year is what I've seen the hotel owners are being paid, so don't expect it to be just 9 weeks if they're talking yearly contracts. Once it's an asylum hostel, you're not telling me it will turn back to being a hotel. Then again most of its tenants for the past year have been there at the expense of local tax payer.
Well observed Elvis09. £75,000 a year is what I've seen the hotel owners are being paid, so don't expect it to be just 9 weeks if they're talking yearly contracts. Once it's an asylum hostel, you're not telling me it will turn back to being a hotel. Then again most of its tenants for the past year have been there at the expense of local tax payer. AlwaysWatching

3:45pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ahreman says...

The hypocrisy of this council is breathtaking; the permanent detrimental effect to highway safety and residential amenities caused by a large superstore company is ignored thanks to the resultant "contributions" - these objections can only be because the council isn't "getting their cut" this time - if they were, there would be no limit on numbers or length of stay.
The hypocrisy of this council is breathtaking; the permanent detrimental effect to highway safety and residential amenities caused by a large superstore company is ignored thanks to the resultant "contributions" - these objections can only be because the council isn't "getting their cut" this time - if they were, there would be no limit on numbers or length of stay. ahreman

3:20pm Sun 8 Dec 13

marionmc says...

So, at Christmas time a group of homeless families is being given refuge in Trafford as they search for some safety and a little hope for the future. Perhaps it will serve as an opportunity for ordinary people and community groups to offer a welcome and some comfort during their brief stay. The Council will clearly do their best, however unprepared they feel at the moment. What can we offer?
So, at Christmas time a group of homeless families is being given refuge in Trafford as they search for some safety and a little hope for the future. Perhaps it will serve as an opportunity for ordinary people and community groups to offer a welcome and some comfort during their brief stay. The Council will clearly do their best, however unprepared they feel at the moment. What can we offer? marionmc

3:56pm Sun 8 Dec 13

A UK Tax Payer says...

marionmc wrote:
So, at Christmas time a group of homeless families is being given refuge in Trafford as they search for some safety and a little hope for the future. Perhaps it will serve as an opportunity for ordinary people and community groups to offer a welcome and some comfort during their brief stay. The Council will clearly do their best, however unprepared they feel at the moment. What can we offer?
How about offering a flight back to where they came form?

I will pay for first 10 tickets!!
[quote][p][bold]marionmc[/bold] wrote: So, at Christmas time a group of homeless families is being given refuge in Trafford as they search for some safety and a little hope for the future. Perhaps it will serve as an opportunity for ordinary people and community groups to offer a welcome and some comfort during their brief stay. The Council will clearly do their best, however unprepared they feel at the moment. What can we offer?[/p][/quote]How about offering a flight back to where they came form? I will pay for first 10 tickets!! A UK Tax Payer

6:36pm Sun 8 Dec 13

alvert says...

At the centre of the story are families seeking asylum, a place of safety, somewhere to live in dignity. They have come to Britain out of need; they have come to Sale because an agency made that decision. How may we welcome them as neighbours?
At the centre of the story are families seeking asylum, a place of safety, somewhere to live in dignity. They have come to Britain out of need; they have come to Sale because an agency made that decision. How may we welcome them as neighbours? alvert

6:50pm Sun 8 Dec 13

A UK Tax Payer says...

Alvert,
We don't welcome them as they are costing approx £4,000 per night - do the sums you moron.The UK taxpayer is paying - just send them back from where they came from.I'm not interested in them living in dignity - as it's costing the country money we can ill afford
Again if you want to welcome them ring Trafford Council & ask for half a dozen to come & stay at your house- (Lock your valuables up prior)
Alvert, We don't welcome them as they are costing approx £4,000 per night - do the sums you moron.The UK taxpayer is paying - just send them back from where they came from.I'm not interested in them living in dignity - as it's costing the country money we can ill afford Again if you want to welcome them ring Trafford Council & ask for half a dozen to come & stay at your house- (Lock your valuables up prior) A UK Tax Payer

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