AN elderly couple have made a desperate plea to housing chiefs to finally end their 15-year home nightmare.
Eileen and Doug Brydon have spent years battling with the authorities to carry out repairs at their semi-detached home in Hurworth Avenue, Harton, South Shields.
At one point, say the couple, damp in the upstairs bedroom had become so bad they were forced to sleep downstairs.
Last year, the grandparents, who suffer from a catalogue of health problems, finally thought their prayers had been answered when work began to modernise their home and attend to repairs.
Mr Brydon, 77, and Mrs Brydon, 69, say they are “over the moon” with the improvements, but problems with their kitchen floor have left them with a feeling of despair and at risk of tripping and falling.
Laminate flooring has started to rise, leaving a trip hazard and the concrete underneath has started to crumble.
The couple, who have lived in the property for almost 40 years, first raised the fault last July but despite visits the problem still remains.
Mrs Brydon said: “We couldn’t be happier with the work. When they finally finished, we thought that was it.
“But two weeks after they had laid the floor in the kitchen, it started to lift up.
“I raised it with South Tyneside Homes and we had someone come out who treated the floor. But it didn’t help.”
He added: “An inspector then came out, and when he came into the kitchen he tripped over where it had raised.
“Another workman then came out, but he said there was nothing he could do.
“We’ve been told all the units will have to come out.
“I am in constant contact with the housing office to find out what is happening, but we don’t seem to be getting any answers.
“We were told work would be done in two to three weeks, but that was five weeks ago.
“When I spoke to housing, I was told there was no record of the report.
“All we are asking for is a home where we can live out the rest of our days, and this is the final thing that needs to be done.”
Mr Brydon, a retired furniture salesman, said: “We have had our ups and downs with the house, but we finally thought things were coming to an end. Then this happens.
“This problem has been going on for 10 months, and we are still no further forward. We just don’t want this to carry on like it has in the past.”
Mark Whittle, director of investment for South Tyneside Homes, said: “One of our building surveyors raised a job card for the floor to be given attention last November, but it transpired work could not be finalised because of the condition of the concrete.
“It required a trial hole to be dug for a diagnosis to be reached.
“A specialist contractor will carry out the lifting and levelling of the relevant section of flooring.
“The housing management officer for that estate will liaise with Mr and Mrs Brydon to keep them informed.”