The Holiday Inn in Maidenhead will welcome asylum seekers

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A HOLIDAY Inn in Maidenhead will be closed to the public as it will be used to accommodate asylum seekers.

The Home Office will soon use the Holiday Inn at Manor Lane to house refugees 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. All gym memberships should also be cancelled.

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The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council have been advised of this 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.

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“This is a nationwide situation and there are over 100 hotels nationwide operating 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.


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