Furious locals gathered outside a three-star hotel which is set to close in order to house asylum seekers in a move that will cancel hundreds of events as a result, including one woman’s 26th birthday party.
Dozens of residents holding placards arrived at Chichester Park Hotel in Chichester, West Sussex on Sunday afternoon claiming they had ‘no say’ in the decision.
Many of those at the protest said celebratory events had been cancelled after the sudden announcement that the hotel, which is said to be a ‘big part of the community’, will close tomorrow.
A counter-protest also took place outside the hotel, which saw group chanting support for the arrival of potential refugees in the area.
Police attended to ensure both protests remained peaceful throughout the two hour demonstration, which saw the groups stand on opposite sides of the busy road next to the hotel.