Following Nicola’s campaign to halt the expansion of Campsfield House Detention Centre in Kidlington, Nicola has now had the eagerly awaited news that the Home Secretary ‘has decided to withdraw the planning application for the proposed expansion of Campsfield House’.
This comes after months of tireless campaigning by Nicola alongside local residents and campaigners, and it is following her recent letter directly to the Home Secretary demanding that the application be withdrawn as a matter of urgency.
See Nicola’s letter here:Nicola Blackwood to Home Secretary 09.03.15
And the Immigration Minister’s response here: James Brokenshire to Nicola Blackwood 11.03.15
Cherwell District Council’s Planning Committee have voted to defer taking a decision on the Campsfield planning application, following a legal letter, supported by campaigners, meaning the Council need to take legal advice.
The application is now due to come before the March Planning Committee.
Nicola has submitted her detailed objections to Cherwell District Council. See her submission here: http://npa.cherwell.gov.uk/AnitePublicDocs/07802069.pdf
The formal consultation period has now closed, but the Council have assured Nicola that they will be taking further submissions into account until the determination deadline on 23rd January. You can submit comments here: http://www.publicaccess.cherwell.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NDSLYQEM0KR00
TAKE ACTION: SIGN NICOLA’S PETITION OPPOSING CAMPSFIELD EXPANSION
The Home Office has submitted plans to more than double the size of Campsfield House, making it one of the largest detention centres in Europe. Nicola is fighting these plans, which will not work for detainees nor for local residents, and is petitioning the Home Secretary and the Immigration Minister to withdraw their proposal.
She has visited Campsfield House and met detainees, members of the Independent Monitoring Board, Home Office officials and MITIE staff.
As well as representing individual detainees as their MP, she has been involved with the welfare group, Asylum Welcome, and successfully campaigned alongside Dave Etheridge, the local Fire Chief, for the Home Office to install a sprinkler system into the Centre following a recent fire.
In her role on the Home Affairs Select Committee, Nicola played a key role in the recent 10-month inquiry into Asylum and regularly scrutinises Home Office performance on Immigration, Border Control and the HM Passport Office.
Nicola says, ‘Increasing Campsfield House to 566 beds, more than doubles the size of the detention centre. Like many Kidlington residents, I believe we should be finding alternatives to detention not increasing our detention estate, especially in Kidlington where we have an acute shortage of land for residential and business development. I am fundamentally opposed to this proposal, as I have told the Immigration Minister, join me in petitioning the Home Secretary to drop this scheme immediately.’
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