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Injured veteran’s appeal over housing problems

HOME ANGER ... Amanda Joyce with her husband Jason and their eight-month-old daughter Helayna, and, front, from left, Holly, seven, Willow, eight, and Cory, six.

HOME ANGER ... Amanda Joyce with her husband Jason and their eight-month-old daughter Helayna, and, front, from left, Holly, seven, Willow, eight, and Cory, six.

AN INJURED war veteran and his wife are pleading with South Tyneside Homes to improve living conditions for their children.

Former Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Jason Joyce, 31, and wife Amanda, 29, moved into their home in Morecambe Parade, Hebburn, in July, but are still waiting for work to be completed on the house.

The couple, who have four children, said the problems with the property have put a strain on their relationship.

Mrs Joyce has reported blood stains on the wall, a disconnected toilet, and the house needs a new kitchen and heating system.

She said: “My youngest child was two days old when we moved in,, and I spent the first few days of her life in tears because we were having to do work to the house, then sleep on the floor in my mum’s house, because it was filthy here.”

She said it has been a constant battle to get the work completed through the council’s Decent Homes programme which has put a strain on her children, and husband, who was medically discharged from the Army after suffering spinal injuries.

She said: “We have stayed in waiting for people coming and no one has turned up. It makes me angry, upset and frustrated. I’ve gone through every emotion.

“I’ve got a history of depression and can’t take much more of this.”

Work has now started on fitting a new kitchen.

She said: “We’ve got half a kitchen. Workers are also doing the toilet and bathroom. We can use the oven now, but have to put everything away so people can come and do work, so we’re still living out of boxes.

“Six of us, and the dog, have been living in the living room.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Homes said: “We understand the concerns raised by the tenants.

“Work began on the kitchen at the end of March. The base units are on site and the wall units are waiting to be delivered to the property.

“At no time was the family left without cooking facilities.

“South Tyneside Homes will continue to give the family support, and has offered to move the tenants to a different property while works are ongoing.

“If the tenants have any other issues, we would ask them to liaise directly with South Tyneside Homes to ensure we can ensure a speedy solution to any concerns.”

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