city Council Chief Executive Matt Gladstone was informed by the Home Office this morning (November 11) that the hotel is likely to be used as part of of dispersal for asylum seekers.
Since then the advice has been out enforcement action to prevent change of hotel use.
The hotel has already cut your ties with The Best Western brand and the Peterborough Telegraph understand that the hotel was close to public on December 17th.
However, the Home Office informed the council that asylum seekers could begin to arrive already this weekend.
BUT city a council spokesman said: “Peterborough is hospitable and tolerant place and is currently offering asylum more over 300 asylum seekers, more than any other city or city in East of England.
“Today we have taken enforcement action to prevent the change of use of Great Northern Hotel in allow this is use for asylum seekers, just because our own resources to welcome and help real asylum seekers stretched to the absolute limit, but because of risks for strategic infrastructure of our city and UK.
“Velikaya Severnaya – a railway hotel – is located at one of main railway interchanges of the country, so any questions of increased stress or threats in in area can disrupt the main communication route for both people and freight.”
Peterborough MP Paul Bristow also opposed move. He tweeted: “I was told last night that the Great Northern could be used to house asylum seekers. who came here ILLEGALLY on small boats.
“It’s historical citythe center of the hotel. it wrong choice.
“I am against it and will do everything in my power to ensure what is this back be a hotel.
Historic Great Northern Hotel in Peterborough cutting his connections with Best Veste…