Mum's hell over Holiday Inn guests 'blighting the area'

Mum's hell over Holiday Inn guests 'blighting the area'

By Adele Forrest | 07/08/2020

Mum's hell over Holiday Inn guests 'blighting the area'
Holiday Inn in Manvers


A WORRIED mum says she is scared to leave her home due to increased anti-social behaviour, which she believes is being caused by temporary guests at a nearby hotel.

The mum-of-two, who wished to remain anonymous, said the situation at the Holiday Inn in Manvers was getting worse, with “drug addicts” and “drunks” blighting the area.

The hotel is one of a few in the borough to be supporting Rotherham Council to house homeless people during the pandemic after the Government ordered rough sleepers off the streets.

The mum said: “There’s people fighting outside, lying in the street in the middle of the road, but nobody seems to take any notice.

“I have spoken to the hotel and they’ve said they can’t say anything but they’ve moved people on and there are people from prison there.”

She added: “With the homeless side of things, they’ve done really well, there’s not been any issue, they’ve been well behaved.

“But the longer it’s gone on, they’ve obviously taken more in of a different clientele.”

Asked if ex-offenders were being housed at the hotel, Rotherham council said it had a “legal obligation to provide suitable accommodation to people who present as homeless irrespective of previous offences”. 

The spokesperson said anyone placed in the hotel by the council who caused anti-social behaviour would be asked to leave immediately. 

No complaints about anti-social behaviour had been made to the council or South Yorkshire Police.

A representative for Holiday Inn owners, IHG, said: “The current situation is unprecedented, and people’s health and wellbeing must be the top priority. 

“We can confirm that Holiday Inn Express Rotherham-North has been providing its support to the local authority in response to their requirements.”

The mum said the outside of the hotel now looked “run down,” with litter including cans of beer strewn around.

She added: “The hotel used to house X Factor stars when they would play at the arena. 

“It was quite a nice looking hotel, it’s always been well kept but these last few months it has gone way down hill.

“I wouldn’t even dare walk in to speak to them - they’re just crowding all round the front door with cans of beer.”

She added: “It makes me not want to go out. I will drive to Wentworth now instead. 

“My husband went to Manvers Lake (pictured, below) with the children last week but turned round and brought them home as they were there, fighting and kicking off.”

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