The Parish Council received the following statement from the MP on 24 April 2022, following the community led meeting on 23 April 2022:
Since Saturday’s meeting, I have been in touch with the Home Secretary and other ministers to make clear the feeling amongst the community, the police, the council and the refugee agencies that this proposal is deeply flawed, that there is no way of mitigating it and that we will rapidly take forward work on a Judicial Review/Injunction unless they announce a complete pause on all plans and a commitment to review the plans in the context of other more suitable locations.
Linton on Ouse Parish Council have known for just over a week about the plans to convert the former RAF Air Base, in the heart of the village, into an Asylum Seekers reception centre. We know that the site is to provide accommodation for single men. We expect the total number of residents to be in the region of 1500. We are very disappointed and concerned that the government did not see fit to apprise the local community of their plans before making the decision to open the centre here.
The Parish Council understands that the individuals to be housed here are those who have left their homes, families and lives out of desperation. They have taken huge personal risks to reach the UK out of fear for their lives. As a Parish Council we empathise hugely with their situation. We also know we represent a community that has demonstrated compassion for the less fortunate in many ways in the past, and will continue to do so.
The Parish Council feels however that this site is not a suitable place for a facility such as this, both from the perspective of the village itself, and from the perspective of those who will be housed at the site. The village currently has a population of under 1000 residents, many who have expressed their deep concerns regarding the failure of the Home Office to adequately assess the sites suitability or the impact it site will have on the village once it is in place. The site will be designed, reportedly, to have every necessary service available to the residents within the complex, but, as we know, they are not detainees and are free to come and go as they wish. While from a human rights perspective we know this is absolutely right, we also know that this number of adult males together in one place will be overwhelming for a small village, no matter what their circumstances or where they are from.
We hope the Government will, if this facility goes ahead, show a concerted effort to ensure that every concern of those who live in this village is addressed, whilst also ensuring that the facility serves every need of those who will be spending time there. Unfortunately, due to the lack of consultation and information from the Government to date, we are sceptical about their commitment to facilitating this. The meeting held on the 21st April did not convince the Parish Council or the residents of Linton that their views will be adequately taken into consideration.
Statement for residents of Linton on Ouse from the Parish Council:
You may be aware of the recent announcement by the Government regarding the plans for the former RAF base in Linton on Ouse. The Parish Council were not consulted with regards to this decision, and had no prior knowledge of these plans.
We understand there will be many questions raised regarding the proposals, and we will be working hard to ensure communication lines remain open about the details. To this end we will be inviting relevant parties to attend our meeting on the 21st April who might be in a position to answer some of our questions. Members of the public are also always welcome to attend any meeting of the Parish Council. We would, of course, like to ensure any discussions held within a Parish Council meeting are constructive and do not impinge in any way on democratic decision making.
The Parish Council will be holding a brief extraordinary meeting to discuss one agenda item – to discuss the future of the MUGA and if Linton Parish Council accept this area and take responsibility for it as offered by Annington Homes. The meeting will be at 7pm in the Village Hall on Monday, 7th February.
Linton on Ouse Parish Council represents the needs and concerns of all age groups within the community and is a tier of local government. We are also responsible for a range of local matters that directly affect residents.
We currently have a vacancy for a member of the public to become a Parish Councillor. If you feel you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community, local issues and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live or work, then this is the position for you!
You must be aged 18 years and over, eligible to vote and have lived or worked in the parish of Linton for 12 months or more, or within 3 miles of the parish boundary.
No experience is necessary and training is available. Meetings are held once a month, generally on the 3rd Thursday of the month, for about 2 hours starting at 7pm.
We would very much like to increase the diversity of the Parish Council and hope to receive applications from a wide representation of village residents – you just need to fit the eligibility criteria above!
All applications must be received by
NOON, THURSDAY, 9TH DECEMBER
The Parish Council will consider applications at the meeting on
Thursday, 16th December, 2021.
Please contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form and further details.
Please see attached information about Bilsdale Mast following the mast fire:
27 MAY, 6PM OUTSIDE IN THE VILLAGE HALL CAR PARK
The Annual Parish Meeting – also known as the Annual Meeting of the Parish and as the Annual Parish Assembly – this year will be different from pre-covid meetings as it will be held outside and only essential items will be included. The Annual Parish Meeting is the meeting where the parish council report to its electorate on what it has accomplished in the preceding year. The Annual Parish Meeting is a separate meeting from the Parish Council Annual Meeting (which has already been held this year). The Annual Parish Meeting should be a relatively informal event for the community whereas the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is a formal council meeting.
The annual parish meeting must be held between 1st March and the 1st June (inclusive) each year on a date decided by the Parish Council. The Annual Parish Meeting may not start earlier than 6:00pm.
There will be an opportunity for the public and press to express their opinions on what the council are doing during the meeting.
This year the Annual Parish Meeting will be held OUTSIDE due to Covid restrictions, in the Village Hall car park at 6pm. If you attend please bring your own chair if you wish to be seated, and be prepared for any weather.
THE AGENDA WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
- To Approve Minutes of Parish Meeting Held 14th May 2019
- Welcome by Chairman of the Parish Council and Chairman’s Report
- To Receive Reports from County & District Councillors (TBC)
- To Receive Reports from Parish Councillors or Representatives reporting on other committees:
5. To Receive Comments or Questions from Members of the Public on matters of interest
Please note – the next meeting of the Parish Council will be the Annual Meeting. This will be held virtually earlier in the month than normal, on the 6th May. This is due to the fact that Parish Councils will not longer be legally able to hold Parish Council meetings virtually after the 7th May.
Starting in June, meetings will be held in person at the Village Hall at 7pm. If anyone would like to discuss this please contact the Clerk at email@example.com.
Please see documents associated with the above elections to be held 6 May if contested.