Friday, October 23, 2015

Dozens of refugees set to move into luxury mansion with 27 bedrooms when they reach UK

Mansion and refugees

Dozens of Syrian refugees are set to move into a luxury Georgian mansion owned by the Church of England.Offa House in rural Warwickshire has been earmarked a possible reception centre for people fleeing war-torn Syria. The 18th-century listed building near Leamington Spa has a staggering 27 bedrooms, a chapel, conference suite and coach house. The Diocese of Coventry put the building for sale in October 2013 after its closure – marketing it as a potential hotel or private school.But after taking the property off the market, officials are now seeking planning permission for the new use. Earlier this week they submitted a request to use the building as "short-term residential accommodation for refugees", according to the Telegraph. It comes a month after the Archbishop of Canterbury offered a four-bedroom cottage in Lambeth Palace, his official London residence, to house refugees.The Church has frequently clashed with the Government over its response to the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. More than 80 bishops urged David Cameron to accept 50,000 refugees over the next five years – 30,000 more than he has agreed to – in a letter sent last month. The letter – which describes the mass movement of refugees as a "moral crisis" – was made public on Monday after originally receiving no response. And parishes across Britain have delivered clothes, blankets and other donations to desperate refugees in the French port town of Calais since the summer.

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