Traders are demanding action after blaming a leaky roof for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to their shops.
Businesses on The Strand, in Longton, say Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been aware of issues with the roof for more than 30 years.
The latest damage has left Huff and Puff vape shop manager Lynn Gordon with water in her lights and broken ceiling tiles.
And when the council failed to come out to repair the damage – which is deemed to be a fire hazard – she contacted Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton for support.
The affected businesses form part of the council-owned Longton Market building.
Lynn said: “We have had water leaking in and causing damage. We’re just asking the council to fix it and fix the damage to our shops because I’ve got water in my lights and a broken ceiling.”
The latest incident happened on August 12. The council came out on August 15 and returned to take pictures three days later.
Lynn added: “The man who came said it was a fire hazard and needed sorting right away. But nobody has been back since. Every time you call the council you don’t get through to anybody or you get cut off.”
Fellow trader Linda Weaver – from Longton Jewellers – can remember her dad joking about having a wet ceiling for the past 30 years.
She added: “The drainage is old, with it being a listed building, so it often gets blocked up and they do sometimes come and clean it. But it gets worse during heavy rainfall.
“There is water in the window light at the front and there’s big crack in the archway above the shop. It’s ruined the carpets upstairs and soaked the floorboards and run down through the shop.
“We can’t seem to get the council to anything about the damage in the shop. It wants a completely new drainage system.”
StokeonTrentLive has contacted the council for a statement regarding the issue.