Herefordshire Council officials are set to meet Government officials over plans to house more than 100 asylum seekers at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford.

Herefordshire Council received a letter at the end of last week, detailing that the Home Office had identified the Three Counties Hotel as a potential site for up to 120 asylum seekers.

Hundreds of hotels across the country are currently being used to house asylum seekers, with a long backlog in applications being reviewed. The Ibis Hotel in Gloucester has been housing hundreds of asylum seekers for several months.

Cllr Ann-Marie Probert, the Conservative councillor for the Newton Farm Ward in Hereford updated residents after she spoke to the Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council on Sunday by saying:

“At this stage we have no more infornation to give other than what was in the letter.

“The next step is a meeting with government officials and local multi agency partners which will be held later next week.

“They have promised to update us on the progress. I will keep you updated.”

There have been rumours surrounding the future of the Three Counties Hotel for almost a year, with an active planning application currently in place to demolish the hotel and build a Lidl superstore on the site.