ALMOST £30,000 has been spent on providing hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation for families evicted from temporary homes nine weeks ago.
Twenty-four of the 64 families evicted from old military homes at the RAF base in Hillingdon Road have still not found a home and the council is footing the growing bill.
As of July 11, Hillingdon Council had spent £27,581.94 keeping the families in bed and breakfast accommodation in Hayes and Travelodge hotels in Heathrow, Uxbridge and Heston.
Neil Stubbings, deputy director of housing, said: “We continue to work hard to find settled accommodation for the former RAF Uxbridge tenants and have so far helped 60 per cent of these families to do this.
“In the long term we are working with local landlords to increase the overall amount of private rented accommodation in the borough.”
Until more rented accommodation becomes available, families face an indefinite period of moving themselves and their belongings between hotels.
Sharon White and her two children have been moved every week since their eviction and on Wednesday last week they had nowhere to stay after the council failed to book them a room at a hotel.
She checked out of Heston Travelodge on Wednesday morning and telephoned the housing department to see where they would be staying that night and was told they would ring me back.
After collecting her children from school she rang the council again who told her to go back to the Heston hotel.
“We had our dinner at a friend’s house and went to Heston Travelodge, but they were fully booked and had no booking for me. They had been fully booked since that morning,” said Ms White.
At 9pm she finally found a friend who was willing to put her family up for the night.
“The children don’t know what is going on anymore. We have four nights here and four nights there, moving all the time and now this. We have been moved continuously for nine weeks now and I cannot carry on like this anymore.”
Ms White has since been moved to the Travelodge in Bakers Road, Uxbridge, where she will stay until tomorrow (Thursday).
Jean Palmer, deputy chief executive corporate director of residents services: “We are sorry that due to a misunderstanding, Ms White was not booked into the Travelodge on Wednesday 17 July. We are putting measures into place to ensure this does not happen again.”