A SHUTTLE bus to York will be provided for asylum seekers staying at the former RAF base Linton on Ouse, the Home Office has revealed.
The bus service will ensure they can exit the village after receiving extensive training, including information about the area, a spokesperson told The Press.
They said asylum seekers would have no curfew, would not be restricted in their movements and could leave the accommodation – even if they would have to be there overnight.
The spokesman said the Linton-on-Ouse reception center would be used exclusively for destitute single adult asylum seekers whose asylum claims were being considered by the Home Office.
They were all said to have gone through a “robust” screening process and the information collected through this was cross-checked across multiple systems to verify their identities, allowing additional background checks to be carried out.
They said the reception area, which will accommodate up to 1,500 asylum seekers, was designed to be as self-contained as possible, minimizing any impact on local communities, services and the need to leave the site.
“This includes the provision of full board accommodation, and on-site recreation, exercise, shopping, church and religious facilities and medical facilities will be available,” they said.
“Asylum seekers live in communities across the UK and generally enjoy good relationships with their communities.
“Our plans for Linton-on-Ouse include offering activities for asylum seekers on site and we will be working closely with North Yorkshire Police to resolve any issues that may arise.”
The spokesman said the new visitor center would help end the government’s reliance on hotels which were costing the taxpayer nearly £5million a day.
“The Home Office is listening carefully to feedback and is committed to widening engagement with key local stakeholders to ensure we minimize impact on the community and services, and the site is designed to be as self-sufficient as possible,” they said.
“Our new plan for immigration will fix the UK’s broken asylum system, allowing us to support those who really need it while preventing abuse of the system and deterring illegal entry into the UK.”
Sixty asylum seekers are expected to move into the former airbase by the end of May, and the spokesman said there would be a ‘phased approach’ to developing it, with a gradual increase in the number of asylum seekers. asylum housed over the next few weeks. .
“As part of the site and service mobilization in Linton-on-Ouse, we are engaged with North Yorkshire Police,” they said.
“Through this commitment, the Home Office, together with our supplier Serco, will develop detailed processes and procedures covering a range of scenarios. If the Home Office or Serco are made aware of any local protests or demonstrations, the relevant agencies will be alerted. Any criminal activity would be the responsibility of the police.”
* The press asked if the shuttle to York would also be available for residents of Linton on Ouse, but have not yet received a response.