Wethersfield asylum centre Judicial Review hearing date set

The hearing will take place over October 31 and November 1

The High Court has confirmed that the Judicial Review hearing of our challenge against the Home Office’s decision to use the RAF Wethersfield site to house up to 1,700 asylum seekers will take place on 31st October and 1st November 2023. 

The hearing will also include the other judicial reviews from West Lindsey District Council for the RAF Scampton site and a resident from Wethersfield. 

This will provide us with an opportunity to fully put our views and the views of our local community to the court, supported by our respective evidence. We still believe Wethersfield Airfield is not a suitable site for these plans and the Home Office has failed to follow due progress in reaching its decision to use the site. 

Although there is ongoing legal action, this doesn’t stop the Home Office from progressing with their plans at the Wethersfield site, and we understand from the end of last week there were 94 asylum seekers on site, and this will gradually increase over time. All multi-agency partners will continue to not only provide support where needed for all asylum seekers coming into our district, but also for the wider local community too. 

The Home Office has advised us they will continue to keep their online factsheet  updated to inform the community about the latest information and developments relating to the site and answer the communities' questions and their monthly community newsletter

Residents can also visit our web page for links to Home Office information relating to the Wethersfield site and contact details. 

Please know that we will continue to push for clarification on any issues or concerns as they arise and that community engagement is prioritised as the site develops.

Published: 1st September 2023