London NoBorders has launched a campaign against hotel company Arora International which, in form of their subsidiary Arora Management Services Ltd., has started a second attempt to make money from the Home Office's deportation business. The company plans to use the site of a residential school for children with behavioural and learning difficulties in Pease Pottage, Crawley, Sussex, owned by the Arora Group subsidiary The Crossroads Childrens (sic) Education Services Ltd., to open an immigration detention facility. It is the second attempt by Arora Hotels to extend their business into detention following the company's failure to gain planning permission to turn one of their hotels in Crawley into a holding facility for migrants in 2010. Crawley Forest School has been told to vacate the property by 1 April 2011.
On 25th January planning consultant CGMS sent out a letter informing local residents about the Arora Hotel plans, which they and the Home Office intend to push through the planning process within weeks, having the detention facility ready by mid-May. The letter also makes no secret that the facility is planned to replace the use of Yarl's Wood and nearby Tinsley House detention facilities for the explicit use of holding families and children, and that this necessitates the proposed urgency. Not only is the UKBA extending their detention capacity, but the government is also breaking their pledge to end the detention of children.
Arora try to legitimise their rush by starting some kind of "community process", but silently hoping that the process would go through unnoticed. In this they have failed.
CGMS ends their letter saying that they "would welcome any comments you may have on the proposal and [they] would be happy to answer any queries."
So they want your feedback, and we think they should get it.
What to do?
We are asking people to do exactly what they ask for: contact CGMS and Arora Hotels and let them know your opinion about the planned detention centre for families. To make it easier for them to deal with incoming queries and to bundle the feedback nicely, we propose that you contact them between Monday 7 February 10am and Tuesday 8 February 5pm.
Stay polite, stay firm!
Spread the word!
Arora/CGMS wanted to push this through without being noticed. Help us to spread the word, ask your friends to join #Operation_FirstContact.
Who to contact?
Conveniently, we have collected a list of public contacts of both Arora Hotels and CGMS here:
Tel: 020 7583 6767
Tel: 0121 616 4850
More contacts at:
Press and Media
Head Office enquiries
+44 (0)20 8757 7770
+44 (0)1293 530 000
+44 (0)20 8759 7777
+44 (0)161 236 8999