Horsham District Council has shown support for Ukraine on 17th March

horsham district council raises the ukrainian flag

The Capitol Horsham lit up

The Capitol was lit up in blue and yellow during on 17th March in solidarity for Ukraine.

Horsham District Council is working closely with refugee and community groups, together with West Sussex County Council which leads on refugee resettlement in the area.

Links and advice on the Council’s Support for Ukraine page. #StandingwithUkraine

The Carfax ceremony

Horsham District Council Chairman Cllr David Skipp and Leader Cllr Jonathan Chowen raised the Ukranian national flag in Horsham Town Centre on 17th March.

The people of Horsham District stand with the people of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked attack on freedom and democracy.

Cllr Skipp said: “The unimaginable suffering of the Ukrainian people is at the forefront of all of our minds.

“I hope that by raising the flag we convey our support to the people of Ukraine and show that we stand with them, demonstrating our respect for their country and our sympathy for its plight as they bravely fight for their freedom, their future and their sovereignty.”

Cllr Chowen added: “I am proud that Horsham District is a diverse and welcoming community and our thoughts are with all the people who are affected by the Ukrainian conflict in this frightening and uncertain time.

“We will play our part in helping in any way we can as more information becomes available on the support being offered by the government.”

Horsham District Councillor’s letter of support

Cllr Jonathan Chowen, Leader Horsham District Council, wrote a letter of support to Ukraine which can also be found on the Council’s website: hwww.horsham.gov.uk/cllr-jonathan-chowens-ukraine-letter

“The people of Horsham District stand with the people of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked attack on freedom and democracy. #StandWithUkraine

The pictures and reports coming from Ukraine (not seen by the Russian people) are very shocking and show that we are involved in a proxy-war with Putin over the future of a democratic European country. The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Eastern Europe is of an unprecedented scale with, the current refugee burden being borne by neighbouring countries.

In this country we have a long history of opening our doors to refugees fleeing conflict and oppressive regimes. In the District we have some 90 Ukrainians and they must be desperately worried about the safety of their relatives and friends caught up in the crisis.

I welcome the news from the Prime Minister that we are relaxing our entry rules. We need to think about what sponsored accommodation might be needed locally, if we receive an influx of Ukrainian refugees.

Local companies have already offered to assist with jobs and training for Ukrainians while they reside here as a sanctuary.

Horsham District Council is committed to working closely with refugee and community groups, together with West Sussex County Council which leads on refugee resettlement in our area.”

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