Demo at Mid Sussex planning meeting, 24/03/11

Demo at 9am outside Mid Sussex Council planning meeting at the Council Chamber, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS to protest against Arora's plans to convert a school into a "pre-departure accommodation centre".

More details about the plans here.

See a model complaint e-mail letter/e-mail to send to Mid Sussex Council planning meeting here.

Contact Mid Sussex Council - say no to detention!

As part of Brighton and London No Borders' campaign against the latest attempt to build a detention centre in the Crawley area, we are asking anyone concerned with the ongoing detention of children to join an email campaign against the proposed 'pre-departure accommodation' planned for Pease Pottage in Sussex.

If we can persuade the Mid Sussex District Council District Planning Committee that this Home Office proposed operation can in anyway be considered to be a secure facility, reneging on the Coalition's promise to end the "detention of children for immigration purposes", we can stop this glorified PR exercise and force the government to truly end this barbaric practice.

Please encourage the wide distribution of this statement, draft email and lists of the planning committee members and all 54 Mid Sussex District Councillors. And get emailing people! The more they all hear about this the better. If a mass email campaign help work in thwarting the forestry sell-off, then it can certainly help end the locking up of children for the mere convenience of the Home Office and UK Border Agency.

NB The current date for the planning meeting to consider the application is 17 March, so please hurry!

Pease Pottage - What's happened so far

At the end of January 2011 London NoBorders received information that the hotel company Arora International [1] 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.", into an immigration detention facility.

This is a summary of what happened so far:

Demo, revolt, fire and escape at Brussels detention centre

20 Feb 2011: Activists held a solidarity action outside the Steenockerzeel 123bis detention centre in Brussels this afternoon. Inside, prisoners took
matters into their own hands and started a revolt which led to one
escape and a wing destroyed by fire. Currently the area is shut down
by police.

Pease Pottage Detention Facility: Home Office Does not like Publicity

Midsussex Council has today published the planning application for the planned detention facility for families and children in Pease Pottage. However, to our surprise the council has not published the application itself, but a letter from the Home Office asking the council not to publish the application details as they are "sensitive information".


Join #Operation_FirstContact , No New Detention Centres!

Arora International Campaign

London NoBorders vs Arora Hotels - what happened so far

Part I - 2009/2010

The first "Arora Campaign" was ran from autumn 2009 until January 2010 by various NoBorders groups against the plans of the Arora Hotel Group to turn their four star hotel at Gatwick into a detention centre. ( Indymedia Video | BBC Video and Interview )