‘Chichester should do more to help refugees’

Cllr Clare Apel at the Holocaust Memorial Day event she helped organise at Chichester Cathedral
Cllr Clare Apel at the Holocaust Memorial Day event she helped organise at Chichester Cathedral

The number of refugees the Chichester District will take has been slammed as ‘derisory’ by a councillor.

Ten families from war-torn Syria will be housed across the district over the next four years, with 240 in total coming to West Sussex.

The Cathedral was packed and raised nearly �5,000 for charity

The Cathedral was packed and raised nearly �5,000 for charity

“It’s two families a year which is just derisory,” city and district councillor Clare Apel said. “I know there are deprived areas in West Sussex, but I still feel we could do much better.”

“I would understand people’s worries if it was single males, but we are talking about families. I really feel we could do more for the young children currently rotting in camps.”

West Sussex County Council is working with district and borough councils in coordinating the housing the 240 refugees, with the Government having pledged to take in 20,000 by 2020.

On Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, Chichester Cathedral hosted a packed celebration of the life Sir Nicholas Winton, dubbed ‘The British Schindler’ who rescued 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia in 1938.

University vice-chancellor Professor Clive Behagg speaking at the event on January 27

University vice-chancellor Professor Clive Behagg speaking at the event on January 27

Cllr Apel added: “My cousin was one of the children brought over on a train when she was five and she now has children and grandchildren. “Sir Nicholas’ mantra was ‘Don’t Stand By’ and that applies as much today as it did then.”

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