EVENING CHRONICLE (Newcastle, UK)
March 14, 2002,
Hexham MP Peter Atkinson has called for more openness over proposals to house 250 asylum seekers in a tiny Northumberland community. More than 100 people turned out for a public meeting about the possible housing of asylum seekers at Otterburn Hall. Hexham MP Peter Atkinson expressed his frustration at the hall’s owners, the YMCA, failing to provide answers on their plans for the hall. Mr Atkinson said the Angel Group’s managing director Julia Davey had talked to the YMCA staff, yet nobody in Otterburn had been notified of the plans.