Statement from Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council:

“Erewash Borough Council is aware that people waiting for a decision on their asylum claim are currently being housed in emergency accommodation in the borough.

“The accommodation - the Novotel Hotel and the Best Western Hotel on Bostock Lane, Long Eaton - has been organised by the Government Home Office and their accommodation partners SERCO, and not by Erewash Borough Council, though we are doing everything we can to help both the local community and the asylum seekers.

“The council, along with partner agencies, has written to the Home Office to express serious concerns about the use of a second hotel in close proximity to house asylum seekers as this is likely to have a detrimental impact on the already limited local and vital services in the community.

“The council will be monitoring other local authority legal challenges and will review its position if necessary.”