Home Office squashes asylum centre rumours concerning Waltham Abbey hotel

An agency acting on behalf of the Home Office has squashed rumours that an “iconic” Waltham Abbey hotel will close and be re-purposed as accommodation for asylum seekers after a petition was posted online on October 9.

The approximate 400 members of the leisure club at the Delta by Marriott Hotel in Old Shire Lane, were notified that the club would close permanently from November 3.

However, Marriott International confirmed that the closure is not connected to plans outside of the company to change the hotel’s use.

An official statement from Delta Hotel Waltham Abbey reads: “Delta Hotels by Marriott Waltham Abbey has no change of use plans and continues to offer guests a warm hotel welcome to meet and enjoy our excellent facilities.

“We have made the decision to shut the swimming pool, however this does not affect the day-to-day running of the wider hotel business.

“We have recently renovated throughout the hotel and are proud of our new refreshed look and new Delta branding.”

Epping Forest District Council provided LDRS with a statement from Clearsprings Ready Homes, an agency which acts on behalf of the Home Office.

The statement offers the assurance that the Delta Hotel Waltham Abbey “is not within (Clearsprings Ready Homes’) pipeline and we have not proposed it as asylum accommodation”.

At the time of writing, the change.org petition titled ‘Prevent Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel from becoming asylum seekers centre’ had 900 signatures.

It states that the “iconic” Delta by Marriott Hotel, which is located just off junction 26 of the M25 and opposite Leverton Primary School, Honey Lane, would pose “an obvious safety risk to the community” if closed and converted into an asylum centre.

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Emma Doyle

Local Democracy Reporter