RESIDENTS plagued by damp problems are looking forward to a dry 2014.
For several years, people in bungalows in the Byron Avenue area of Hebburn have experienced issues with damp and condensation, sparking complaints to local Hebburn North councillors and housing officials.
Eventually, money was sourced to improve the local housing stock and prevent further problems.
The scheme, which will include improved insulation, will cost in excess of £40,000 and should be completed in the new year.
Coun Richard Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn community area forum (Caf) and a Hebburn North member, said: “We are having new canopies and roofs fitted to bungalows in the Byron Avenue area.
“The residents have suffered for years with damp and condensation but following investigations, the ward councillors decided to allocate funds, in partnership with South Tyneside Homes.
“The porch roofs include six inches of insulation and are maintenance-free.” Coun Ian Harkus said: “Residents in that area have experienced problems with damp, mould and condensation for a number of years.
“After we took over as ward councillors, we decided to do something about this, in partnership with South Tyneside Homes.
“I believe the scheme is costing in the region of £45,000, with the money coming from the Caf and South Tyneside Homes’ own budget.
“The work has just started and will hopefully improve damp and condensation issues for people in the Byron Avenue area.”
South Shields company Templetown Canopies is involved in supplying materials for the scheme.