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Call to house Grenfell Tower inferno families in disused care home

Hungerford care home closed after council cuts

West Berkshire Council to assess cladding in wake of Grenfell Tower blaze

WEST Berkshire Council chief executive Nick Carter has been challenged to house displaced families from the Grenfell Tower tragedy in a local disused care home.

Councillor Carolann Farrell told a meeting of Hungerford Town Council she had been in touch with some of the families who apparently said they would welcome such temporary accommodation.

She told the meeting on Monday: “We had an email from some of those residents who said they would be interested.

“But we can’t offer it to them unless we get the green light from West Berkshire Council.”

The West Berkshire Council-run home in Coldharbour Road was closed as part of its far-reaching cuts to public services in 2016/17.

District councillor James Podger (Con, Hungerford) told the meeting that he had passed the suggestion of using the former Chestnut Walk Care Home premises on to Mr Carter and to district council leader Graham Jones (Con, Lambourn Valley).

However, he said he had yet to receive a formal response.

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  • dazzer

    10/07/2017 - 08:08

    To JuzzthefuzzIllegal immigrants are criminals - Fact! What happens if they fall ill? They use the NHS! What happens if they break the law? They go to prison etc Fact! All drains on our society. You say you worked along side illegal immigrants...Yet you didn't report them, which makes you complicit in their crimes - Fact! And yet you have the audacity to talk of ethics and call me names - Shame on you!

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    • juzzthefuzz

      14/07/2017 - 23:11

      That's a drain on economy, not society. However, yes, I worked alongside them, and was quite happy being they had a much better work ethic than a lot of British born citizens, who would rather use their dole money on Sky TV and Tattoos than finding a job and paying rent. The ethical thing to do in this situation is export those everyone on the dole who just wont work and bring in immigrants who will actually work.

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  • Guide Dog

    07/07/2017 - 16:04

    Hungerford Town Councillor should concern herself with the job she was elected to do and not get involved in something outside her authority.

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  • dazzer

    07/07/2017 - 06:06

    How and why is this West Berkshires problem - Over the last five years, WBC had to find savings of £41m. The government has given WBC less money by reducing the Revenue Support Grant by £30m, whilst over the same period there has been an increased demand for the services, so they have had to do more for less money. It would cost a lot of money to get that care home up to the required standard - Although they say its temporary accommodation, but just how temporary? I fear a constant flow of illegal and normal immigrants staying there. What would be the time scale of that centre being used? Eventually they will be moved out into local housing which should be for local people. It has been said many of those people are Illegal immigrants, therefore cannot work so a complete drain on our society.

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    • juzzthefuzz

      07/07/2017 - 08:08

      I agree with you that it shouldn't be West Berkshire's problem. I commend the councillors for showing some form of solidarity with the affected residents of Grenfell Tower, however the vast majority of the affected residents have made multiple pleas to stay in Kensington, due to jobs etc. This isn't about migrants. It's clear there is xenophobia in the air again. Shame on you.

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      • dazzer

        07/07/2017 - 11:11

        Oh you little name caller....It is not about xenophobia...Whilst we all have the greatest sympathy for the terrible tragedy suffered by those people… West Berkshire does not have unlimited finances… And the Council’s duty is towards housing its own residents and constituents first… You people are all the same, you can't debate without calling names if someone dare have a different view to you.

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        • juzzthefuzz

          07/07/2017 - 16:04

          Illegal Immigrants as a drain on society? That's harsh. A lot of migrants who come over here work very hard and put more value into the economy than they take away from it. It is a shame that some came over by questionable means, however I've worked alongside illegal immigrants before and suffice to say they have a greater and more respectable work ethic than some of the lazy, feckless twits who live their life on the dole, who then feel entitled to say that migrants are taking their jobs. If people have to migrate to find work, and it is visible that they have a better work ethic and will still gladly do the jobs some frankly hate to do, then why should that be stopped? You are right however, West Berkshire should be looking after its own residents first, but still seems unable to do even that. But, depending on who you voted for during the elections, you will know who you have to blame for this. Everything comes down to politics, and the Tories are not serving the people well at all.

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        • NewburyLad

          08/07/2017 - 08:08

          "A lot of migrants who come over here work very hard" and an awful lot more don't.

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