Bexhill Northeye could still be used to house refugees Brighton News

In an update released by Rother District Council, Councillor Doug Oliver said plans to house asylum seekers at Northeye, on the edge of Bexhill, are still in progress.

Northeye was a category C prison from 1969 to 1992 and suffered a massive fire because of a riot in April 1986. Roofing which contained asbestos was set ablaze and there have been fears about site safety.

The Home Office has been “exploring” the use of the Bexhill site for detention purposes since last year.

Cllr Oliver said: “Rother District Council understands that the Home Office is still exploring the use of the site for detention purposes and assessments continue to be undertaken to consider the feasibility. No decision has been made regarding the future use of the site.  

“We are continuing to work with partners though regular multi-agency forums and remain committed to ensure that any use of the Northeye site is lawful and acceptable.”

The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

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