I have been informed by the Home Office that they intend to take over our local Holiday Inn Express “on a temporary basis … to start using to accommodate asylum seekers.”
I am very disappointed and frustrated at the way Government Ministers have come to this decision, without prior notice or consultation with Rotherham Council, public services or local residents. I understand the Home Office have contracted directly with the franchisee of the hotel in making this arrangement.
I have taken the step of writing to the Home Secretary, asking her immediately to halt this decision and to reconsider her plans.
You can read my letter to the Home Secretary here
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