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Flying school could house 750 refugees

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Evening Times (Glasgow) February 12, 2003

UP to 750 asylum seekers could be housed in a former flying school in Ayrshire. Adamton House near Prestwick Airport is thought to be one of several premises being considered by the Home Office. The property, which was once a British Aerospace training centre, was bought last year by Hertfordshire developers Angel Group. Angel Group has already provided homes for refugees and has Home Office contracts to provide accommodation for asylum seekers in England. Their links have promoted speculation they may have similar plans for the Ayrshire site. The Home Office has indicated a centre for up to 750 asylum seekers is still required in Scotland. But today Phil Gallie, South of Scotland Tory MSP said he had been assured in the past Adamton House was not a possible site. He said: “I would hate to think so. It’s not an ideal situation.” Adamton House, near the village of Monkton, was formerly a hotel with 256 rooms and with substantial grounds. It became a flying school until two years ago. A planning application was then submitted to South Ayrshire by Ingle Lodge, a subsidiary of the Angel Group, to return it to its hotel status, with an additional condition that it must be used only for that purpose. Its new owners last month denied it planned to use Otterburn Hall, a hotel in Northumberland, as a holding centre for asylum seekers. And today it emerged that plans to house refugees in an old RAF base on the outskirts of Edinburgh had been abandoned. Home Office bosses had considered using using the Turnhouse facility as a possible centre, sparking a storm of local protests. The possibility of an asylum seekers centre in Prestwick is expected to meet similar opposition. The Scottish Executive said: “Scottish ministers will be consulted about the proposed site once the Home office has identified one.”

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Written by Concerned

February 12, 2003 at 11:23 am

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