District Council Virtual Meeting to Address Napier Barracks Questions

A virtual community engagement meeting is to be held to answer residents’ questions regarding the use of Napier Barracks as an assessment and dispersal facility for asylum seekers.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) is organising the online event, which will be streamed live on YouTube this Friday (25 September) at 3pm.

The Home Office and other agencies have been invited to attend, with F&HDC Leader Cllr David Monk urging key partner representatives to participate and address any issues raised.

He said: “The lack of communication from the Home Office has meant we have had no way of being able to allay the fears and answer the questions raised by residents.

“This is a perfect opportunity for all of the agencies involved to come together to describe the support they are giving and the actions they are taking to address concerns in an appropriate setting.

“It will also allow speculation around the arrangement to be addressed – some of which has been very unhelpful and potentially damaging to our community.”

Questions must be submitted via email to committee@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk before 5pm on Thursday 24 September.

Themes raised by residents will then be discussed by the panel as opposed to each question being asked individually.

Enquiries may be rejected – as is standard council practice – if they are considered to be defamatory, frivolous or offensive. Members of the public will be able to watch the meeting by visiting bit.ly/YouTubeMeetings