At the Town Hall on Wednesday 17th February Councillor Tina Bourne put forward a Motion to Full Council that read:
‘Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last year to accept 20,000 Syrian Refugees to the UK from camps in Jordan, and Lebanon, this Council:
1) warmly welcomes five Syrian families to Colchester. Four families are already settling in well with the fifth family soon to arrive.
2)recognises the significant contribution from voluntary sector organisations such as Fresh Beginnings in forging new relationships with the community and drawing on the expertise and generosity of volunteers.
3)is encouraged by the level of support from residents of our Borough, which is a credit to Colchester and builds on our historic past of welcoming refugees.
4) signals its intention to welcome a new group of Syrian families in the summer, with a fresh offer to the Home Office and UNHCR, continuing the strong partnership with Essex County Council.’
It was wonderful to hear strong support from all the parties represented and the motion was passed unanimously.