Homes lie empty on Stoke-on-Trent street as families forced out

Residents have been ordered out of three houses on a Stoke-on-Trent street - and no-one knows when they will be allowed back. The properties - on Moorland Road, in Burslem - are now empty and barriers blocking off the homes and the pavement have been up for weeks.

Neighbours left in the street believe the properties have been structurally damaged due to the vibrations of vehicles striking a pothole on the road.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has declined to comment on the situation.

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Ronan Stevenson lives next door to one of the affected properties.

The 25-year-old said: "There was a big crater. When wagons, such as tipper trucks, have come past it was that deep it shook our house. The council has now filled the hole - but it took them a while to fill it. The homes have been fenced off for more than a month. The roof came off two of the houses. They were deemed unsafe.

"Residents in three of the houses have had to move out. My neighbour had to move out and is currently living with his mum. Bricks fell off the roof and damage has been caused to the walls in the front yards.

"I have no idea when our neighbours might be able to return home. A lad I spoke to has not heard anything."

Another neighbour added: "Our neighbours have had to relocate. One is in her 90s. She has gone to live with her granddaughter. It is an eyesore and needs sorting out."

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