Syrians in Telford: Poll Results

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Poll was restricted to one vote per Google account user.

None 248 56%
Fewer than 10 people per year 23 5.2%
About 10 people per year 35 7.9%
More than 10 people per year 129 29.1%
Don’t know. 8 1.8%
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week, Telford & Wrekin Council issued an ‘offer of help‘ to Syrian Refugees as our news channels were brimming with confusing pictures of people being made to walk, get on buses and trains and then an incredibly sad photo of a small child supposedly washed on a beach.

While the number mentioned, just 50 Syrians over 5 years, ten per year, would not make much of an impact on the 170,000 people currently living here, I thought I’d open up the debate to followers on Twitter and Facebook.  The Poll closed at 5pm on Sunday 20th September and the results are in.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While the results are clear, what it shows is that people are pretty much wanting lots or none.  Looking at the comments on Facebook, the thrust of the ‘none’ lobby is based on how we currently treat our own people in need, the feeling being that there are not enough houses & support for local people.

Some practical suggestions included converting an old school before it gets demolished to provide shelter, or looking at bringing Manor Heights in Hadley back into use which could be a good use of section 106 funds to contribute some of the cost of redevelopment for the private owners, as has been done for the Charlton Arms.  This is unlikely to be the case according to Cllr Derek White, who commented that  ‘making schools homeless hostels would raise panick in the population.”

There is a full council meeting this Thursday. I do hope that the topic comes up.

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