Stoke & Staffordshire

Squires View 'damp, mouldy and cold' flats face demolition

Squires View, Stoke-on-Trent
The demolition plan will go before the council's cabinet next week

A block of 71 flats in Stoke-on-Trent face demolition because they are "damp, mouldy and cold", a council has said.

Almost half of the flats, in Squires View and Seven Arches Way, Shelton, are empty.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said bringing the flats, built in 1979, up to a "minimum acceptable standard" would be "extremely costly".

Residents would be "helped to move to better accommodation" the council has promised.

Thirteen bungalows which share mains water, drainage, gas and electricity with the flats would also be demolished.

'New homes'

Councillor Janine Bridges said: "We have already been in contact with the residents to discuss our plans.

"If the cabinet approves them then we are going to take our time to work as closely as possible with the residents to ensure that their needs and wishes are met and that they find new homes that they are happy with."

Of the 71 flats in Squires View and Seven Arches Way, 33 are currently unoccupied. One of the 13 bungalows in Seven Arches Way is empty.

The demolition plan will go before the council's cabinet on 27 March.

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