A SOUTH Tyneside woman says she is being forced out of her own “unsafe” home after the floor gave way beneath her feet.
The accident, which caused Lisa Redman to bang her head against a door, is the latest setback to a delay-hit housing revamp scheme.
Miss Redman, 35, suffered a fit after she was injured at her house in Delaval Court, South Shields, on Sunday evening.
The property is due to be renovated as part of a Decent Homes programme on the street led by South Tyneside Homes.
Work got under way on September 20 on a raft of improvements, including rewiring and new kitchen and bathrooms. But the project came to a halt at the start of last week due to a delay in the delivery of materials.
South Tyneside Homes workers were at the house yesterday, making it safe. Miss Redman and fellow residents have been left in limbo after the suspension of the work.
Miss Redman has suffered from non-epileptic seizures for nine years, which she says are short and sudden and temporarily paralyse her, rather than causing her to convulse.
Now Miss Redman’s mother, Gladys Redman, and stepfather, Malcolm Sample, who she lives with, have urged her to stay with her aunt and uncle until the renovation work is finally complete, as they fear it is unsafe for her to be in the house.
Miss Redman says the floorboards on the landing had been taken up for rewiring but not safely replaced.
She has also been forced to sit in a sleeping bag in the house, as carpets were moved for the refurbishments and have left the property cold.
Her fall came hours after she struck her head against the bathroom sink after falling from a toilet which had not been fitted properly.
She said: “When I was going to my bedroom, my foot went straight through the floor. I fell and banged my head which caused me to fit. It is just not safe.”
“I also banged my head on the sink after falling off the toilet. It was wobbling from side to side. When the council came round to fix it, they said it hadn’t been screwed in properly.”
Brian Scott, director of housing, finance and business support for South Tyneside Homes, said: “We are sorry to hear of Miss Redman’s recent accidents.
“South Tyneside Homes can confirm our property services re-secured the upstairs toilet bowl at her property as soon as we were alerted.
“The issue regarding upstairs floorboards appears to be unrelated to the current improvements work, but we will secure them.”
Mr Scott added: “We are making every effort to get this programme back on course as soon as possible.”
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