What lockdown life is like in a Stoke-on-Trent tower block


The coronavirus crisis has touched all walks of life across the globe, but how has it affected the tower block residents of Stoke-on-Trent?

Rob Dyson is a car showroom security guard who lives on the sixth floor of Hanley’s Seddon Court tower block, just outside the city centre.

The 44-year-old works nights and lives with his partner Lee Dyson, aged 51. The couple have been practising social distancing and good hygiene but say life under lockdown in the block has left them ‘climbing the walls’.

“Some days it can be really bad,” said Rob over the phone to StokeonTrentLive from his lounge, about halfway up the tower block.

“Living in a tower block, there’s days like today when it’s sunny and you’re really missing having a garden to sit out in.

Seddon Court, in Hanley

“The way the country is at the moment with all this coronavirus and social distancing you can’t go anywhere. We’re climbing the walls with it.

“The only time I’m able to get a change of scenery is when I go to work at night time.

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“From Wednesday until this evening, I’m going to be stuck indoors. It’s making me feel like crap but there’s nothing I can about it. Myself and my partner put gloves on so if we touch anything it’s not getting on our hands.

“Then we follow Government guidance and wash our hands for 20 seconds and we put hand gel on after that.”

The view from Rob Dyson’s sixth floor flat at Seddon Court

Rob feels he can’t even enjoy the view from his flat while he’s stuck inside.

“If you look out of my lounge window it looks over the centre of Hanley,” he continued. “I can see Meigh Street car park. But if I was on the other side of the building I could see all the hills on a clear day.”

Robert Dyson inside his Seddon Court flat, in Hanley
Robert Dyson inside his Seddon Court flat, in Hanley

Has the coronavirus had a detrimental effect on your way of life? Get in touch joe.burn@reachplc.com





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