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Residents told to move out as 'flats no longer safe'

Sixty residents in a block of flats in south Belfast have been told they will have to move out because it is no longer safe to live in.

Radius Housing, which runs Russell Court, said a fire safety survey has highlighted serious concerns about the building's structure.

The residents were told the news on Tuesday morning and have been given 28 days to pack up and move out.

Some of them have lived in the flats for 30 years.

George Hill said: "Twenty-eight days notice isn't enough considering how long it takes the Housing Executive to actually find places.

"Disappointed, stressed out and worried about my future."

Housing authorities have been on high alert since the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, with detailed inspections carried out on buildings across the UK.

CEO of Radius Housing John McLean said: "Very unfortunately, we have engaged engineers to carry out a very detailed assessment of the building and the draft findings are such that we have to act on their advice."

Those who live in Block A at Russell Court have been told their homes meet standards because of a recent refurb and so they aren't affected.

However in Block B, people are preparing to go.

In the meantime Radius says it has bolstered safety measures and says it doesn’t yet know what the fate of the building will be.

It has set up a dedicated team to help those now without a home find new accommodation.