Morecambe OAPs left without heating for more than 24 hours

The central heating at a Morecambe sheltered housing complex has been off for more than 24 hours.
The central heating at a Morecambe sheltered housing complex has been off for more than 24 hours.

Pensioners are facing a second night without heating at a sheltered housing complex in Morecambe.

Elderly residents at Matthias Court were furious because their central heating and hot water was still off on Tuesday evening after more than 24 hours.

Problems began after a power cut on Monday morning, caused by a localised fault.

Electricity came back on at Matthias Court at around noon but the heating stayed off.

There are around 40 sheltered flats in the complex near Morecambe Town Hall, run by property management firm Places For People.

Some of the residents are in poor health or living with disabilities.

A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’m hoping it’s going to come back on tonight.

“We’ve complained. There’s one lady who lives here who’s 93.

“They have given us a small heater each but it’s not very good. These flats cost us 400 odd pound a month.”

A relative of a resident said: “I can’t believe they would leave vulnerable people to go without heating. It’s not on.

“Some of these people are poorly.”

A spokesman for landlords Places for People said a contractor would be going out to look at the fault on Tuesday evening.

The spokesman said they would be talking to all residents to make sure they are warm enough, but could not confirm when heating would be restored.