Debate set over how best to handle crisis of Europe refugees

Refugees from Syria arrive at the train station  in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees arrived in Dortmund by trains
Refugees from Syria arrive at the train station in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees arrived in Dortmund by trains

Councillors will discuss how best to deal with the current European refugee crisis, and how Buckingham can help in a special debate on 
Monday.

During the Town Council’s full meeting, two sides of the argument will make their case.

The first motion has been put forward by councillors Jon Harvey and Robin Stuchbury (Labour).

It states: “Europe and the Middle East is in the middle of a huge humanitarian crisis: millions of people are desperately seeking safety and sanctuary.

“This council commits to work with all local people and public service partners to make refugees welcome in our town.”

The second motion has been put forward by Mike Smith (Labour) and Andy Mahi (Independent) who state: “That this council supports giving priority to housing the homeless, including ex-service personnel in Buckingham and Aylesbury Vale, before refugees.”

Both motions will be voted on at the end of the debate.

Mr Smith assured people that a healthy debate on both sides of the argument would be a good thing.

He said: “There are other councillors too that have said that while we want to support the refugees we need to look after our own first.

“Our motion isn’t intended to defeat support for the refugees, just to trigger a debate on the wider issue.”

This weekend Two Towns Together led by councillor Lisa O’Donaghue collected three huge builders’ bags of supplies to help refugees.