A hotel in Maidenhead will be closed to the general public and gym memberships are expected to be canceled as asylum seekers are welcomed into the town. The Holiday Inn is expected to close early next month.
The Home Office will soon use the Manor Lane hotel to house asylum seekers while their claims for asylum and protection in the UK are assessed. This means that there will be no public access to the hotel and its Spirit Health Club from April 1.
Ministers said hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are set to enter the UK as the war with Russia escalates. City leaders said they hope people will welcome asylum seekers with the same compassion they have shown in supporting refugees fleeing Ukraine.
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The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have been informed of the arrangement between the Holiday Inn and the Home Office. Council chief executive Duncan Sharkey said the local authority was not involved in the arrangement nor would it be involved in running the site or providing day-to-day services as it will be run by the Ministry of the Interior.
He said: ‘We will continue to liaise with the Home Office, NHS services and other partners regarding our legal obligations. This is a national situation and there are over 100 hotels nationwide serving as accommodation sites for asylum seekers, including in other parts of Berkshire.
“In recent weeks we have seen the heartwarming way our community has mobilized quickly, generously and compassionately to support Ukrainian refugees coming to the Royal Borough, and I hope asylum seekers will receive an equally warm welcome. warmth from the vast majority of residents. .” The Manor Lane hotel has previously been used by council to host meetings, such as the borough’s controversial local plan in February.