Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have been asked to leave a hotel with just a few hours notice, it has been claimed.
Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council informed them yesterday afternoon they had to be out of the Holiday Inn, Kensington by 4pm.
The letter from the council said: “Despite efforts to extend your stay… regrettably the hotel has stated that they do not have availability to extend your booking.”
The survivors were in thirty rooms at the hotel and the Red Cross said they have all since been able to find other accommodation.
Jon Beecroft, General Manager, Holiday Inn London, said later: “We have worked with the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council to provide 30 rooms for seven nights for families displaced by the Grenfell fire.
“Unfortunately, due to existing bookings, we have not been able to provide accommodation beyond that time frame and made that clear to the council upon offering the rooms. We will continue to work with the council to provide as much support to the community as possible.”
A Grenfell Response Team spokesperson said: “The Holiday Inn Gloucester Road was unable to continue accommodating 30 households due to previous bookings.
“We obviously regret disruption to people who have already suffered terrible upheaval and we are trying hard to avoid unnecessary moves. Those leaving the Holiday Inn have been offered alternative rooms at hotels at County Hall and Waterloo in central London.
“Kensington and Chelsea Council staff are working with residents to show them brochures of the new hotels, to arrange transport and to help with packing and luggage.”