Hotel Priory bookings have been canceled due to talks with the Home Office, says Tracey Crouch
The Larkfield Priory Hotel will not be used to house asylum seekers after Home Office talks, MP Tracey Crouch has said. Earlier this week the hotel confirmed it would be closed ‘until further notice’, with anyone with reservations after April 21 refunded.
The London Road hotel is said to have been booked by the Home Office to house refugees. However, on April 27, the MP for Chatham and Aylesford posted on Facebook that she had sought clarification from the Home Secretary over the speculation.
Ms Crouch said neither she nor the borough council had been consulted on the plans. She added: “There has been a lot of speculation from various local resident groups about the proposed use of the Larkfield Priory Hotel for immigration purposes.
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“Neither I nor the local council were consulted about this, although we were told it was being considered and the Home Office would be in touch. Residents have started to have their bookings canceled and some have expressed their concern.
“Given the strong opinions on both sides of the immigration debate, I wanted to clarify intentions and highlight local opinions as well as practical concerns regarding the use of the hotel to house illegal immigrants. conversations with the Home Secretary, I have received notification that the Larkfield Priory Hotel will no longer be used to accommodate asylum seekers.
“I hope people will understand the sensitivity of these issues and the reason why, until now, I have not been able to comment publicly on this. I am sad that bookings have been canceled as a result Home Office discussions with the hotel and hope that those who wish can re-book accordingly.”
KentLive has contacted the Home Office for comment, but no statement has been released.