Councillor Mike Levery, representative for the area, said: “The hotel was previously used to house rough sleepers during the pandemic until June last year, with many issues raised at the time by local residents. The hotel was starting to get back on its feet since then and trade had picked up. However, once again, it has ceased operating as a hotel, and will house asylum seekers for the foreseeable future.
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“We, of course, support Sheffield being a ‘City of Sanctuary’, but we simply do not think this a good location to be keeping people in.
“The council wrote to the Home Office to raise several issues a number of weeks ago with respect to the use of Staindrop Lodge, including the suitability of its location, access to medical care, education and the availability of support for the residents, with the hotel not being near the facilities these families need.
“Sheffield City Council cannot endorse the use of this hotel for this purpose; a response from the Home Office is still to come. We are a caring city, and it’s important that we do our best for asylum seekers.”
History of Staindrop Lodge
Plans to covert the hotel into 44 bedsits for homeless people were unanimously refused by the council’s planning and highways committee last year.
The planning application was submitted after the building was used to accommodate homeless people under emergency coronavirus legislation from 2020 to 2021.
But more than 300 people objected saying there had been a catalogue of complaints about antisocial behaviour – Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said crime shot up by 675 per cent – and the council’s director of housing said it was unsuitable because there was no support network in the area.