Defiant dad STILL refuses to leave empty tower block as he snubs new offer to make way for new £43m housing development
5th June 2021

A DEFIANT dad is still refusing to leave a tower block after snubbing a new offer to make way for a £43 million development.

Ezekiel Hermon, 46, has had the 12-storey building to himself for six months since the last of its 49 families were rehomed.

He is being taken to court to try to force him out but has vowed to fight on.

Ex-railwayman Ezekiel moved to Saxelby House, in Druids Heath, Birmingham, in 1995 and his top-floor flat has city-wide views.

His £94 a week rent includes fees towards keeping the council high-rise secure.

He says he will stay put until he is offered a suitable home to move to and is eyeing a two-bed maisonette so his four children can visit but he says he has only been offered one-room flats so far.

This week the council made him a new offer but Ezekiel remains unmoved.

"I will turn it down," he told BirminghamLive.

"I just feel sick because they said they will not do it [offer the same accommodation] again and now they have. The council has offered me a retirement block again."

Birmingham city council wants to raze the flats and four other blocks to make way for new houses.

It said it had to take Ezekiel to court because he has refused four other accommodation offers.

The council says it has made "reasonable offers"but will continue to look for "suitable alternatives" for Ezekiel.

He is being backed by by the Druids Heath and Monyhull Forum which has set up a campaign and petition.

The petition has already gathered 200 signatures, to find a "decent home for Ezekiel and all of Druids Heath".

It reads: "Some residents were lucky to find a property they were happy with.

"But more are unhappy: they have been made to move far away from schools, jobs and their families, or accept properties in poor condition," the petition claims."

Speaking earlier this year Ezekiel said: “The council is trying to push me out but I’m the last man standing.

“People are always after peace and quiet but this is too quiet. It’s like being in a giant prison cell with just pigeons for company. It’s eerie. You can hear noises and bangs in the night — and it’s terrifying.

“Having 51 flats to yourself sounds like a dream but this is a nightmare.”

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