ANGRY old folk at a sheltered housing complex in South Tyneside claim they have been “hung out to dry”.
Residents at Frank Bushell House, in Tyne Terrace, Harton, South Shields, are fed up after a tumble dryer in a community wash room at the complex went on the blink – and has not been repaired for several weeks.
It has led to residents – some of whom pay almost £500 in rent a month to homes for older people provider Affinity Sutton – being forced to dry their wet clothes in their flats.
Furious Dorothy Elliott, 74, has lived at the complex since her husband Raymond passed away five years ago.
She has spent the last nine weeks drying her wet and damp clothes in the tiny two-bedroom flat she shares with her budgie Joey.
Mrs Elliott claims the delay in fixing the dryer is “beyond a joke” and has demanded action.
She said: “I don’t have room to swing a cat in here and it’s so cramped when I put up the clothes horse.
“It really is past a joke and there is no excuse for it.
“I pay £118 rent a week to live here. That is a lot of money and I expect and deserve a better service than this.
“Surely it shouldn’t take nearly nine weeks to fix a dryer? A lot of the residents are fed up with this, but some don’t want to make a fuss, I suppose.
“I think we need to speak out or nothing will get done.
“I enjoy living here and there are lovely people here, but the flats are cramped and I need to get out every day for fresh air and a walk.
“With all the clothes hanging around, it is even more cramped in here.”
Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “I understand why Dorothy is so angry about this.
“We do deserve better. All these wet clothes in your flat causes condensation. It’s unhealthy and unnecessary.”
A spokeswoman for Affinity Sutton did not respond to calls from the Gazette to comment.