'It makes you feel dirty' - Council tenants living like this 59 days after fire

Tenants are demanding council action after still waiting for repairs to their fire-hit flats complex - 59 days after a devastating arson attack. Tenants on Beveridge Close, in Meir, say they had been told any repairs would take two weeks after a fire in the communal bins spread to neighbouring properties.

But windows are still boarded up, there's no access to the communal garden, and the bin storage area is still out of bounds.

Tenant Kirsty Forrester said: “They’ve not done anything since the fire. The fire was set in our bins so we've got no bins and no bin area. So we have no bins, no access to the garden, and the front door is broken. My kitchen window, bathroom window, and my sister’s bedroom window are still boarded up so half of the house is always in darkness and it’s not just my flat.”

The fire-hit tenants have had to use communal bins further along the street ever since the May 3 fire.

Kirsty, aged 27, added: “It looks awful and it makes you feels gross because you’re living here. I just want my windows, a bin to put my rubbish in, and a garden that I can let my dog out in. I’ve always taken pride in where I live so it’s really upsetting when you’re having people over and it makes you feel dirty.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working with its maintenance firm Unitas and insurers to 'ensure the building is correctly repaired'.

A council spokesman said: “We appreciate the inconvenience some residents are facing at this time. We have made the building safe and all utilities are restored. Given the nature of the fire and the damage caused, various processes must be adhered to. We are working with Unitas and our insurers to ensure the building is correctly repaired. We will notify residents as soon as we have an estimated completion date. Estate officers are monitoring the area and supporting where necessary.”

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