A Home Office decision to terminate the contract which has seen the Bell Hotel at Epping used as accommodation for asylum seekers has been welcomed by Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing.
In a letter to Dame Eleanor, Tom Pursglove MP, the Minister for Legal Migration and the Border, said the use - which has seen the premises used to house single men will cease by the end of April.
Mr Pursglove said: "Residents currently accommodated in the hotel will be moving to other parts of our asylum estate and we aim to complete all relocations in advance of the final closure date.
"Residents will be notified a minimum of five days in advance and moved by the Home Office in line with our existing published policies.
"Whilst we expect impacts on local authorities to be minimal, we are putting in place additional resource to work with our accommodation providers and local partners to manage this process and minimise disruption, particularly focusing on families."
Dame Eleanor said: "I welcome this news and I am reassured that the people who are currently living at the Bell Hotel, who have been supported by local residents, in particular by Church groups, will have their welfare needs taken care of when they move to a different place.”