It looks unlikely that East Lindsey District Council will be at the forefront of any initiatives to provide a new start in life for refugees from Syria.
At a full meeting of the authority on Wednesday, Coun Graham Marsh, portfolio holder for partnerships, said it would be ‘irresponsible’ to commit to providing homes in rural settings for non-English-speaking families who might have undergone both physical and psychological trauma in their homeland.
The council would, however, be willing to work with other agencies which might be better resourced.
He was speaking in response to comments from a member of the public, Donald Martin, who hoped the district council might play a role in supporting resettlement efforts for some 50 families.
He noted that the hills and plains of East Lindsey might be more reminiscent of Syria than towns and cities with which some refugees would be unfamiliar.
Mr Martin expressed disappointment with the portfolio holder’s observations, claiming they amounted to a list of ‘can’t do’s’ rather than ‘can do’s’.