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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 (3047429)
Fix our lifts plead tenants at 17-floor block of flats
by Tom Martin

ANGRY residents at a 17-floor block of flats in Seaforth have been forced to put up with broken lifts for more than a year.

Residents at Alexander House on Sandy Road, have now demanded action and want the owners to carry out repair work to fix the problem.

There are two lifts in the building but one has not been working reliably since December 2012 when it was damaged by vandals.

And the other lift has also often been out of order with both lifts sometimes out of order at the same time.

Many elderly residents have struggled to make it up and down the stairs and there are fears about what may happen if an incident happens and paramedics need to access a flat on the upper floors.

Alexander House Residents Group member, Dermot Pugh, 63, said: “The problem with lifts is an ongoing issue. We need lifts that are reliable and safe.

”On several occasions the two lifts haven not been working at the same time.

“People are getting worried in case there is an accident and they can't get down the stairs.

”What if an ambulance is called and paramedics need to use the lifts?

“The lifts have been vandalised in the past and they need replacing.”

Another resident, Ian Marais, said: “Both lifts have been off more than they have been on.

”At our monthly meetings they say they are going to fix them, they haven’t and all the residents are very angry over this.“

OVH, which is part of  Sovini Group, is a registered provider of social housing with more than 11,500 homes across Sefton.

Property owners, One Vision Housing (OVH), say they only took over responsibility for the lifts in December, 2013 from an independent firm and they are now surveying the problem.

A spokesperson for OVH, said: ”We are aware of the issue and are liaising with the contractors to get the situation resolved as soon as possible.

“In the meantime we will continue to keep residents informed of the progress.

”We fully empathise with them and appreciate their perseverance.“


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