TENANTS on a South Tyneside street are still on hold with work yet to get back under way on a housing revamp project.
A Decent Homes scheme led by South Tyneside Homes (STH) in Delaval Court, South Shields, was halted this week due to a delay in delivery of materials to carry out the job.
STH says it has held meetings with contractors to resolve the situation but tenants are still waiting for work to start.
Tenants have told the Gazette of their anger over the delays, after many had packed up possessions in readiness for the upheaval.
Building work had already begun at the home shared by Lisa Redman, her mum Gladys Redman and stepfather Malcolm Sample.
Miss Redman, 35, says she has been forced to sit in a sleeping bag in her own home due to freezing conditions caused by carpets being ripped out for the renovations.
Fellow tenant Lindsey Armstrong said she has been left in limbo and fears the work may not be completed in time for Christmas.
Renovations had already started on some homes and were due to be rolled out to other properties.
The revamp includes rewiring, new bathrooms and showers, toilets, radiators and kitchens.
Brian Scott, director of housing, finance and business support for STH, said: “We understand the inconvenience this has caused for some residents and are doing everything we can to resolve the situation quickly.
“This has included a number of meetings with our contractors to try to resolve the issues.
“Our main concern is to minimise the impact on tenants, so we have visited affected homes to ensure they have all essential services including heating, electricity, bathing and cooking facilities.
“We are making every effort to get the work restarted as soon as possible. All homes will still receive the planned improvement work and we will contact tenants with revised timescales.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for STH said Decent Homes work starting on Monday at selected Whitburn properties in Ash Grove, Cedar Grove, Birch Grove, Lindsay Court, Marsden Avenue and May Grove, are being carried out by different contractors and will be unaffected by the delays at Delaval Court.