TENANTS on a South Tyneside street are still in limbo over when their homes will be improved.
Contractors and council tradesmen were working in Delaval Court, South Shields, yesterday on homes where a renovation programme had ground to a halt last week.
A delay in the delivery of materials to carry out the work was blamed for the problem.
Yesterday, contractors resumed work on some houses where work had already been started, but tenants still awaiting builders to move in remained in the dark over when their homes will be revamped.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Homes confirmed: “With regard to those homes where work has yet to start, we are working hard to establish a start date and will be informing tenants as soon as this is confirmed.”
He said a completion date for the project is still to be established.
Resident Lisa Redman, who lives in Delaval Court with her mother Gladys Redman and stepfather Malcolm Sample, is still waiting to hear when work will recommence on her property.
She has suffered a number of setbacks since the project was halted.
She banged her head twice in one day – on the bathroom sink after falling from a toilet which was not fitted properly and when the floorboards on her landing gave way benath her.
The family have been forced to sit in a sleeping bag in the house, as carpets were taken out for the duration of the work and this has left the property cold.
Miss Redman, 35, said; “We are still waiting to hear when the work will get started again.
“My mother and stepfather said it might be best for me to move out as it is not safe, but I thought ‘why should I have to leave my own home?” Residents have been left living in homes surrounded by boxed possessions, with no carpets on the floor or wallpaper on the walls during the hold-up.
Brian Scott, director of housing, finance and business support at South Tyneside Homes, said: “We can confirm that work has begun on a number of properties in Delaval Court.
“We are currently planning new schedules for those properties where work was expected to start. Our immediate concern is to ensure completion to the homes where work has already begun.
“If anyone would like to talk to a member of our team about the Decent Homes programme, they should contact us on 0300 123 6633.”
The Decent Homes Standard, established by the last Labour government, means a council property must be in a reasonable state of repair, have reasonably modern facilities and services, and a degree of thermal comfort, incorporating heating and insulation.