Wyre’s offer of refugee help is made official

The UK is expected to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees
The UK is expected to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees

Wyre Council has revealed its plans to accept Syrian refugees into the area.

And the figures have been welcomed by a senior councillor in Fleetwood.

I think it is very reasonable that Wyre offers five houses

Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, says five properties across the whole of the borough should be used to accommodate asylum seekers fleeing the horror of the civil war in Syria.

He made the announcement after civic leaders pledged to help the refugees after David Cameron announced the UK will take in 20,000 Syrians over the next five years.

Coun Terry Rogers, who is chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, said he was speaking personally and not as chairman when he backed Coun Gibson’s pledge.

He said: “I think it is very reasonable that Wyre offers five houses. It is good that we do our bit to help, and that the numbers are shared evenly across the country. In an ideal world we could take more, but we have to realise that these poor people will need help from social services and the NHS, and if they are families we could be talking about up to 25 people. Fleetwood itself is a deprived area with its own housing needs, so I would be concerned if larger numbers of homes were being proposed. I think these numbers are fair.”

Coun Gibson said the plans will match an offer made by local authorities in Lancaster and the Ribble Valley.

He said: “Considering our demographics and the fact our private rented stock is limited, I have agreed in principle that we should seek to use five properties to accommodate asylum seekers.”

Coun Peter Gibson told councillors that council officers had been involved in several discussions about the Syrian crisis.