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Government reverses decision to house asylum seekers in Palms Hotel

Palms Hotel is “completely unsuitable” for housing asylum seekers according to local politicians (Credit: Google Maps)

The government has again reversed its decision to house asylum seekers in the Palms Hotel site in Hornchurch. 

It is after the MP for Romford wrote to Home Secretary Priti Patel describing it as a “completely unsuitable building” for the job.

“The Palms Hotel has been unoccupied for years,” said Andrew Rosindell.

“It is on a busy dual carriageway with no open outdoor green spaces. Furthermore, it lacks easy access to basic facilities such as shops and pharmacies.”

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell

The leader of Havering Council, Cllr Damian White, also wrote to the Home Secretary and criticised the plan for similar reasons. 

Rosindell said he was “relieved” by the reversal. 

“This would have been bad for the people of Havering, but it would also have been bad for the asylum seekers who the Government is supposed to be protecting,” he added.

“The Government must now make clear that it will not return to this decision again.”

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