Up to 30 British families reportedly facing removal from emergency accommodation during Beyoncé concert

  • 24/05/2023
"It's not good for me, my mental health and for my two youngest children who need stability."
"It's not good for me, my mental health and for my two youngest children who need stability." Photo credit: Getty Images

Around 30 British families are reportedly facing removal from their emergency accommodation when Beyoncé performs in London next month because the local council failed to extend their stay. 

In a report by The Guardian, the outlet understands that around 30 families are facing removal from a Travelodge in London's Enfield and are being placed somewhere else because their rooms, or homes, have been booked by other people during Beyoncé's world tour. 

It's reported Beyoncé is scheduled to play five nights at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which is near the Travelodge, between May 29 and June 4. 

The Guardian reported around 100 rooms, or two-thirds of the hotel, are currently booked by the Enfield Council and occupied by families and individuals who have reported themselves homeless.

It's reported rooms at the Travelodge can only be booked for 28 days at a time. Families who have had to move out at short notice due to the failure of the council not rebooking said it causes disruption, because not only do they have to move their belongings but they said their children end up missing school too.

The Guardian understood Enfield Council had private concerns about the impact Beyoncé's word tour could have on the families being housed at Travelodge. 

Mother of two, 42-year-old Collette Collington, lives in one room with her four-year-old daughter and two-year-old twin sons who both have autism. 

Collington told The Guardian she was told on Monday (local time) she was being moved to Travelodge in Hertfordshire on Thursday and wouldn't return to Enfield until June 4.

"I don't sleep as it is but this news is very distressing. It's not good for me, my mental health and for my two youngest children who need stability because of their additional needs. Every environment we go into, it takes time for them to settle in. They have to be in the same routine. It will be very distressing for them."

A separate family were reportedly left without a roof over their heads last week because their booking had ended. 

It's reported the mother of three was stranded outside Travelodge with everything she owned for almost 12 hours before being given alternative accommodation. 

A representative for Enfield Council told Metro.co.uk the booking system at the Travelodge "does not allow" for long-term reservations.

"Therefore regular re-bookings need to be made.

"We will continue to work closely with Travelodge and other hotels to find suitable, affordable accommodation. Council officers are visiting families to explain the options available to them and if direct contact cannot be made we are writing to them to outline next steps."

A Travelodge spokesperson told The Guardian it's been working with Enfield Council for "many years" to provide short-term accommodation.

"All parties understand that this is a temporary arrangement until the local authority can find more permanent solution."