BREAKING THE IMPASSE
The Mediator has found a solution but encountered a problem. The Community-Inspired Local Businessman is able to use his large empty properties on the edge of the City to house the Afghanistan Refugees. The Refugees will be pleased because they prefer to be low key + away from the City Centre Hotel, which originally proposed to provide the accommodation. However, the Large Houses are on an Estate with single, not multi-occupancy, use. A change of use is necessary from the Estate + from the Town Planners. The arrival of the Refugees is now high profile + there will be planning objections that will take time.
Two families can be placed within the two properties but that leaves a balance of eight families to be housed.
Solutions come into view. The NHS Hospital is short of staff + long on staff accommodation. Mrs Harmison is aware that there is nursing experience within the Refugees. They would need some additional training. The three Nursing families can be housed by the NHS but there are still five Families to be housed.
The No Refugees Party is making noise + headway in local polls but less than expected. The MP, sensing support for a Community Solution, is becoming more prominent. The Round Table and Rotary Club locate two empty residential properties that could take two families – again rules against multi-occupancy prevent any additional families. That leaves just three families to a house.
There is growing local support for the Refugees inspired in part by a popular local schoolboy who joined the Army, was posted to Afghanistan and was killed in action 18 months previously. His family come out in support of the Refugees and take in one of the Families.
Gradually the problems are whittled down and the two remaining families are housed.
EPISODE 7. 17 SEPTEMBER 2021
THE MEDIATOR ASSESSES HER PERFORMANCE.