The following update has been posted by Chris Heaton-Harris on his website www.heatonharris.com:
Highgate House- February Update
Please find below the latest update on Highgate House in Creaton.
I have continued to engage with Creaton Parish Council and WNC on the matter of Highgate House and as such I understand there have been some rumours circulating around the potential use of Highgate House again to accommodate asylum seekers.
I have sought an update from the Home Office and can confirm that this rumour is not true.
The Home Office have spoken with Serco and they have confirmed that since the Home Office gave out the instruction not to continue with this site (last month), they have informed the hotel management company that they will no longer be entering into a contract to procure this site for asylum seekers. Whilst Serco have commented that the Signature Group are still keen, and continue to pursue further dialogue, Serco and the Home Office will not be engaging at this time.
I hope this provides reassurance for residents and I would like to say a big well done again to the community for all their efforts last month.
As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything I can do to help.
With best wishes,
Chris Heaton-Harris MP