Council leaders sign up to house Syrians

Syrian refugees arrive on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece, in September
Syrian refugees arrive on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece, in September
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Concrete plans to accept Syrian refugees onto the Fylde coast are being put into place.

Last month, civic leaders pledged to help people fleeing their war-torn country after David Cameron announced the UK will take in 20,000 Syrians.

And Wyre Council leader Coun Peter Gibson has now revealed plans to 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 council officers had been involved in several discussions about the Syrian crisis.

He said councils were able to ‘maintain a degree of influence over asylum dispersal’ by co-operating with the Home Office.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: “We are creating a plan that will enable us to take a small number of refugees.

“Those plans will be tailored to what is best for those individuals and the families – something which we will find out in due course.”

A Fylde Council spokesman said: “We have agreed in principle to help with the situation and we are due to meet with the government agency charged with asylum dispersal.

“It’s important that the needs of anyone resettled are taken into full consideration with a range of services and agencies.”