Pontins has confirmed that two of its six UK sites have been identified as potential camps for the thousands of Afghans airlifted from the Taliban stronghold Kabul.
With Wales now declared a Nation of Sanctuary, and votes in future Senedd elections extended to Foreign Nationals, Dan and Stan predicted when businesses starting closing, due to lockdowns, that the already struggling Pontins would be next in line to become a camp for the undocumented, economic migrants, but little did we know at the time, these men would be coming from Afghanistan.
Voice Of Wales were the only media team on the ground in Penally, every step of the way, bringing you all the content from the side of the locals who were against the camp, and the side of the non locals (Stand up to racism) who were all in favour of the camp.
What was to follow was a real shock to everyone! Especially those living around the Penally camp. These are just some of the headlines that followed in the coming months.
These concerns were raised before any of the illegal migrants arrived, but within days, started to come true. Voice Of Wales have the exact same concerns regarding Prestatyn.
Prestatyn is a beautiful sea side town renowned for its tourist and hospitality industry. How many people would choose to holiday in a place with headlines like this?
Government Sources said the holiday park firm has offered its sites as housing. There have already been calls for Pontins holiday park to close for fears of giving the area a “bad reputation”
We worry at Voice Of Wales, what the reputation of Prestatyn would be if another large migrant camp was to go ahead.
Voice Of Wales have contacted all of the Senedd members, MP’s and Councillors of the area for comment, we will update you as and when they come in. Below is the details if you would like to contact them yourself.
Dr James Davies MP Conservative email@example.com
Llyr Gruffydd MS Plaid Cymru North Wales firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Isherwood MS Welsh Conservative North Wales Mark.Isherwood@senedd.wales
Sam Rowlands MS Welsh Conservative North Wales Sam.Rowlands@senedd.wales
Carolyn Thomas MS Labour North Wales Carolyn.Thomas@senedd.wales
Gareth Davies MS Welsh Conservative Vale Of Clwyd Gareth.Davies@senedd.wales
Cllr Hugh Irving Welsh Conservatives Prestatyn Central email@example.com
Cllr Tina Jones Welsh Conservative Prestatyn Central Jones.Tina@denbighshire.gov.uk
Cllr Anton Sampson Welsh Conservatives Prestatyn East firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Julian Thompson-Hill Welsh Conservative Prestatyn East email@example.com
Cllr Peter Evans Independent Prestatyn Meliden firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Rachel Flynn Welsh Conservatives Prestatyn North Rachel.Flynn@denbighshire.gov.uk
Cllr Tony Flynn Welsh Conservatives Prestatyn North Tony.Flynn@denbighshire.gov.uk
Cllr Paul Penlington Plaid Cymru Prestatyn North email@example.com
Cllr Bob Murray Labour Prestatyn South West firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Gareth Lloyd Davies Welsh Conservatives Prestatyn South West Davies.Gareth@denbighshire.gov.uk
This plan is not yet confirmed, but if there was a lesson to learn from Penally, it is that the Constituents should not rely on being informed of local plans by the local government representatives, the opposite is true, Politicians and councillors have shown in other areas they will bury their heads, hide bad news, and later deny any prior knowledge about problems or major changes. The reality is we know nothing about these people coming to the camps, some warnings were released about persons being on the ‘no fly list’ and its the locals who will pay the price.
With there being 16 elected officials which cover Prestatyn and the party with the majority being the Welsh Conservatives you would imagine there would be some push back on this idea so this will show how true to their name the Welsh Conservatives are. Here is how the area is broken down.
To watch the full footage from Voice Of Wales at Penally please click below.
Voice of Wales will be keeping an eye on this story as it develops.