Further to my original update, I have spoken to the Home Secretary to seek further clarification regarding plans to house asylum seekers at Penally Training Camp.
Whilst being mindful of our legal obligations and our responsibilities as well as the extensive powers the Home Office on all security and immigration scenarios, I appreciate that residents are concerned about a number of issues so I have included as many of these as possible in our submission.
For example, I have asked how long the site will be used, what the security arrangements will be and whether the Home Office will be funding any additional costs that Pembrokeshire County Council, Hywel Dda Health Board and Dyfed Powys Police might incur.
I also want to know how many people could be housed at one time, what the gender balance and likely age profile could be as well as how local residents’ welfare will be ensured.
I have enquired about the arrangements for occupants entering or leaving the site and further detailed queries regarding healthcare and COVID testing of staff and occupants.
I have also asked for an explanation of how the day-to-day workings of the site in relation to processing asylum claims.
As soon as I receive a reply I shall post it on my website and Facebook page. In the meantime I am keen to avoid too much speculation in case this causes increased tension and concern.