Dad living in ‘giant prison’ tower block refuses to budge for £43m development

A defiant dad who is the sole resident of a 12-storey building is refusing to make way for a £43million housing development.

Ezekiel Hermon, 46, has been living alone in a tower block in Saxelby House, in Druids Heath, Birmingham, for the last six months.

All other residents have moved out of the building, which Birmingham City Council wants to demolish to make way for new houses.

The dad said he will stay put until the council offers him a property that will be suitable for his four children to visit him.

So far, Ezekiel claims he has been offered just one-room flats so far.

Ezekiel said the building is like a "giant prison" and he can hear "noises and bangs in the night," but still, he refused to move.

The 46-year-old said: "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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Birmingham City Council is now taking Ezekiel to court because he has refused four other accommodation offers, it is claimed.

Ezekiel said: "The council is trying to push me out but I’m the last man standing."

Currently, the dad pays just £94 a week rent includes fees towards keeping the council high-rise.

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The dad's home is set to be destroyed along with 5 other blocks to make way for the new houses.

Birmingham City Council's website states Heath House, Saxelby House, Kingswood House, Barratts House, Hillcroft House and Brookpiece House, will be demolished under the proposed plans.

The flats will be destroyed and rebuilt under the Druid's Heath Regeneration programme.

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