PRESS RELEASE 10 April 2015
At its meeting on Thursday 9 April, Kidlington parish council’s policy-making Policy and Finance Committee voted that the controversial nearby Campsfield immigration detention centre should close. It reiterated its opposition also to any expansion, and stated that ‘the provision of large scale immigration detention facilities does not accord with the UNHCR guidelines on the use of detention only as a last resort, but rather as a deterrent for those seeking refuge. We are concerned about the impact on many of the detainees of prolonged detention, and call on the centre to be closed’. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE 27 MARCH 2015
Within the space of a few weeks:
- An all-party parliamentary inquiry published a report on The Use of Immigration Detention and recommended a 28 day time limit to detention, proper judicial oversight of individual decisions to detain people, less use of detention, and more use of non-punitive community based alternatives to detention (3 March)
- The biggest-ever wave of protest by immigration detainees in the UK began and spread to 8 of 11 detention centres in the UK (9 March)
- The government withdrew its application to double the size of Campsfield immigration detention centre near Oxford from 256 to 566 places. (12 March)
- The Labour Party has said that in power it would end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants. (26 March)
- The government has announced that it will close Haslar immigration detention centre near Portsmouth (26 March)
- The government has announced that it intends not to detain more asylum seekers and migrants in future, the first time any government has made such a commitment. (26 March)
CGMS consultants, acting for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, have now written to Cherwell District Council formally withdrawing the planning application to expand Campsfield.
Bill MacKeith, spokesperson for the Campaign to Close Campsfield said:
“This is a great victory. But the new government in May must implement the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention: a 28-day time limit to detention and full judicial oversight of individual decisions to detain. This would be a further step forward and entail some closures of detention centres. Above all, this is a chance to point to the need for the end of the barbaric imprisonment every year of 30,000 innocent people under 1971 Immigration Act powers. Close Campsfield. Close all immigration detention centres.”
Carol Day at Leigh Day, solicitors acting for Stop Campsfield Expansion who wrote the 7-page letter to Cherwell Council that prompted the postponement of consideration of the application and then its withdrawal, said:
“This is the right decision and very good news. The approach being taken by Cherwell Borough Council was clearly wrong in law. The onus was on the Home Office to prove that very special circumstances to justify this inappropriate development in the Green Belt were established. The information before the Council completely failed to make the case.”
Campaign to Close Campsfield: Bill 01865 558145, Liz 07791 738 577, Tim 07721 771 835, Gill 01993 703994
Leigh Day: David Standard, Head of Media Relations 01949 850246 07540 332717 email@example.com
The Campsfield expansion planning application will NOT now be considered at the next Cherwell District Council planning meeting.
It is expected that the application won’t be considered until after the general election. It’s possible that it could go to the planning meeting due to be held on Thursday 21 May.
Updates to follow when possible.
See also http://www.asylum-welcome.org/index.php/campsfield for the full list of organisations supporting the Stop Campsfield Expansion coalition.
Doctors make 41 Rule 35 reports about people detained in Campsfield but only one is released
A recent Home Office reply to a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that: Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – TUESDAY 3 MARCH
The report of the first-ever Parliamentary Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the UK is published on Tuesday 3 March 2013.
The wide-ranging 76-page report is critical of the current regime and makes a number of proposals. Key among them are:
· There should be a time limit of 28 days on the length of time anyone can be held in immigration detention. Continue reading
This leaflet was handed out at the lobby of the Cherwell District Planning meeting.
1 The position of Leigh Day, solicitors for Stop Campsfield Expansion, is: the Home Office must show that very special conditions exist to justify inappropriate development in the Green Belt. They haven’t, so the application should be refused. (There is no reason to treat the HO/MOJ differently.) Continue reading