Residents in UK hotel say they've been moved to make room for migrants – exclusive

Those staying there, including a man suffering from mental health, say they were given four days’ notice by staff

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Workers have allegedly been axed too as at least six migrants are expected to reside there.

One resident, who says he has been made homeless after living there for 18 months, told presenter Patrick Christys: “As a result of this I could break down crying now.

“It ruins me.

“Stresses me to the max.”

When GB News visited the hotel in Essex, we were invited in by a member of staff.

GB News' Patrick in the Essex hotel
GB News' Patrick in the Essex hotel

A nearby homeowner told GB News that, as a result of migrants moving into the hotel, he would not allow his two granddaughters to walk home from the train station.

David Collins said: “We wouldn’t allow it. They would be picked up by us.

“There’s no way they’d walk past there. It’s far too dangerous.”

A report earlier this month said talks were taking place between hotel bosses and the Government to house asylum seekers.

At the time, the owners of the hotel insisted there were "no plans to close anything".

A local council spokesman said: "We are aware that the Government is in formal conversations with the management at this property on this issue.

"This is a matter and a decision made by the Home Office."

Another nearby resident slammed the lack of notice locals were given.

Peter said: “It’s very distressing that nobody is informing us about what was going on.

“It jeopardises the safety of the community.”

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The use of hotels to house asylum seekers is unacceptable and we are working with local authorities to find appropriate long term accommodation across the United Kingdom.

“Decisions on members of the public who are temporarily residing at hotels are a matter for the hoteliers and the Home Office instructs providers to carry out thorough diligence checks before any site is used.”

Essex-based MP Mark Francois said: “The hotel was previously used to temporarily house homeless people during the Covid pandemic but this is somewhat different.

“As I understand it, no plans have yet been put into operation but I will be contacting the Home Office, the local council and of course the hotel owners tomorrow, to understand exactly what is being proposed – and when.

“In the longer term, however, we need to stand up to interfering European Human Rights judges, so that flights to Rwanda can commence, meaning this accommodation will no longer be required.”

The local council have been contacted for comment.