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Plans to house asylum seekers at Stradey Park Hotel are withdrawn

10 Oct 2023 3 minute read
Protesters gathered at Stradey Park Hotel in Furnace, Llanelli to oppose the housing of asylum seekers in the venue. Image: Bronwen Weatherby

Carmarthenshire County Council has today received written confirmation from the Home Office of its decision to withdraw its plans to house asylum seekers at the Stradey Park Hotel and Spa in Furnace, Llanelli.

The County Council is pleased that the Home Office has come to this decision. Council Leader Darren Price and Chief Executive Wendy Walters had both written to Home Office Ministers and senior civil servants last week outlining their concerns with regards to escalating community tensions and urging the UK Government to withdraw from the site.

The Local Authority will continue to work with Dyfed Powys Police and the hotel owners to ensure that the site of the Stradey Park Hotel is managed appropriately, for the good of the community of Furnace and Llanelli.

Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr. Darren Price said: “I very much welcome the decision of the Home Office to withdraw its plans for the Stradey Park Hotel; it’s the right decision for the hotel and more importantly, it’s the right decision for the people of Furnace.

“Now is the time for the community of Llanelli to come together, to heal from the experience of the past few months.

“On the issue of providing sanctuary to people in desperate need, I will reiterate Carmarthenshire County Council’s desire to continue to welcome our share of asylum seekers from countries such as Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria to our county via the dispersal model which has worked successfully in Carmarthenshire for many years.”

Responding to the news, Llanelli MS, Lee Waters said: “I’m glad the Home Office have finally seen sense and have realised their plans for Stradey were unworkable and wrong-headed.

“But what a mess they have created, and now leave behind

“A cherished hotel has been wrecked by Tory incompetence and it is not clear what the owners now intend to do.

“They need to put right the damage they have caused.”

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STRADEY PARK HOTEL TIMELINE

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7 July

Council loses High Court bid to block asylum seeker hotel plan

25 July

Judge adjourns Llanelli asylum hotel injunction bid after receiving letters from locals

27 July

Llanelli hotel earmarked for housing asylum seekers granted injunction against protesters

17 August

Police appeal for calm after escalation of protests at Stradey Park Hotel

23 August

Police confirm 17 arrests at Stradey Park Hotel protests

25 August

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30 August

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2 October

Dozens of protesters occupy Llanelli hotel planned for asylum seekers

3 October

Six arrests after fires at hotel set to house asylum seekers

6 October

Asylum seeker plans for Stradey Park Hotel in doubt following fire safety inspection


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Sarah Good
Sarah Good
7 months ago

Ironically, a large number of those protestors are right wing nationalists, bussed in from around the UK. I stumbled across the videos of one of them from Cardiff in my YouTube feed (He has an avatar of Cartman cosplaying a football hooligan), talking about others who came from all over the UK including form London and the North of England.
It seems very few of them are local, apart from the elderly ones

Last edited 7 months ago by Sarah Good
Pascal Lafargue
Pascal Lafargue
7 months ago
Reply to  Sarah Good

It has been exactly the same situation in the village of Callac, in Brittany. All the French far right groups gathered there and used harassment, death threats against local inhabitants, politicians and journalists. There as well they succeeded in making the mayor cancel the project of housing asylum seekers. It is really worrying that today, decisions are abandoned because of the antidemocratic methods of the far right, (on both sides of the Channel).

Jeff
Jeff
7 months ago

Another mess the government has created and continues to leave behind for others to clean up.

K newton
7 months ago

The people of South Wales should hang there heads in shame. This just confirms the stereo typical image of xenophobic welsh people. It’s a dark day when we cannot set up centre to process people due to lies and bully tactics. I wantvthe police to investigate every single of the video where the security it staff are verbally intimated and implied threats where made. This wrlsh rent a mob type are why our country is fulling apart

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