Longford, near Heathrow, has been turned into a holding area for scores who are transported in daily where they are being housed under a Home Office contract.
In one case, a stretch limousine costing £3,000 was used to ferry migrants out of the area. Elderly residents in the village which dates back to the 14th century say they are being “overwhelmed” by large numbers of people housed in groups of up to 10.
Many of the arrivals claim to be from the “Jungle” camp in Calais. They are staying at the Heathrow Lodge hotel, owned by multi-million are Surinder Arora, while their claims for asylum are being assessed.
Rana Saif, 55, owner of the Kings Arms pub, said business had plummeted because of the sheer numbers. Mr Saif said: “It is disturbing trade. No one wants to come here when there are 20 or 30 or 80 asylum seekers sitting in the road.
The coaches turn up, about 20, 30 people get off, and they’re transferred to houses around the village. – Longford resident Ray
“I used to be open till after midnight. Now I close at 10.” He added: “There was a limo here two months ago outside the hotel. It took seven migrants, all young African men.
“The driver said he was going to Manchester and was paid £3,000. He said the Home Office would pay him.”
Another long-term resident, who wanted to be known only as Ray, 85, said: “They have got to be put somewhere but having so many in such a small village is overwhelming.
“The coaches turn up, about 20, 30 people get off, and they’re transferred to houses around the village.
“They have conversations in my front garden. They may be nice people but we don’t know who they are.”
Ukip home affairs spokesman Diane James MEP said: “The migrant crisis is having an impact on the very fabric of the British way of life and putting a huge strain on communities, none more so than the village of Longford. Bussing migrants to a small rural village and then out is not a solution and is, in fact, creating a problem.”
Mr Arora, who lives in a £6million home, declined to comment.
Properties in Longford, part of the London borough of Hillingdon, house asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Mogdad, from Sudan, said he was living in a three bedroom house with seven others and had paid £370 to a people trafficker in Calais.
The Home Office said in a statement last night: “Decisions on the use of hotels are made by individual contractors who bear the cost. We have made clear to our providers that the use of hotels is only ever acceptable as a short-term measure.”
On using a limousine as transport, a spokesman said: “Our contractors are responsible for arranging transport of asylum seekers and bear the cost of doing so. This incident was inappropriate and [transport firm] Serco has apologised. There was no additional cost to the taxpayer.”
Source: Express UK