According to a new report released by the BBC, overcrowded houses in Sports Direct town Shirebrook, Derbyshire are causing safety concerns.
Shirebrook is currently home for at least 3500 workers of Sports Direct, the UK’s biggest sports goods vendor.
The BBC uncovered that many houses in the area had been would they call “carved into flats”, including rooms that had been partitioned right down the middle of its windows.
When asked, the Bolsover Council said in a public statement that it was caught off guard by the sudden influx of workers in town.
According to the report, there are now 46 housing complaints related to overcrowding asf fire safety. Several repairs had been made last year from April to December.
The majority of Sports Direct workers who live in Shirebrook and are currently employed in the company’s warehouse are coming from Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and other Eastern European nations.
Along with those employees there are about 500 Sports Direct staff housed in town
More than 1500 people have moved to Shirebrook in recent years, equalling more than 10% of the 13,000 residents. Many of those are renting rooms in houses near the company headquarters.
Steve Cathcart, the town’s police community support officer in a publicly statement: “”There’s been an influx of Eastern Europeans and the landlords that own the houses are carving these houses up into flats.”
One major concern about this development is a significant fire risk. Among those properties investigated, more than 30 were a particular worry.
Many of those carved out flats are lacking fire doors.
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