Faulty fire doors in Stoke-on-Trent council flats, report finds

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Fire doors at 11 blocks of council flats in Stoke-on-Trent do not meet fire safety regulations, a report released by the city council has found.

It listed problems with up to 66 of the doors inspected, which have been installed within the past 18 months.

The council said the contractor, Kier Stoke, would replace the doors free of charge as soon as possible.

Mohammed Pervez, city council leader, said many more fire doors in council-owned properties could be faulty.

Mr Pervez said: "The report only reflects a sample of all the doors possibly affected.

"The city council asked for them to be inspected and now Kier Stoke must inspect the rest as there could be many more with problems.

"It is now Kier Stoke's responsibility to contact residents and inform them of any disruption when doors will be replaced or further inspected."

He said residents raised concerns about the doors over a year ago.

'Really frustrating'

The report, from March of this year, said foyer doors in Forest, Boundary, Southern, Brookfield, Robinson, Penkhull and Dibden Courts did not meet the required fire resistance standard of 30 minutes.

It also listed various technical problems with the doors, stating many of them do not open and close properly.

Councillor Janine Bridges said the situation was "really frustrating" and the issue was being resolved.

Ms Bridges said: "We have released the technical report... to reassure people that we are on the case.

"The installation [of the doors] is not up to scratch and we are continuing to push Kier Stoke to resolve this as quickly as possible."

She added the council was working with the fire service to install new sprinkler systems in the flats.

It has not been possible to contact Kier Stoke.

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