Sean’s been left floored by lack of carpets in flat

Sean Stryder in his home, which has no carpets.
Sean Stryder in his home, which has no carpets.

A disabled man wants to carpet housing bosses over the state of his new flat.

Sean Stryder moved into his new home at Laygate, South Shields, on June 6.

But more than a month later the 41-year-old, who has Asperger’s syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome, still has no carpets.

South Tyneside Homes has apologised for the delay and says it is experiencing issues with its supplier.

Mr Stryder said: “It’s just awful. I want to get settled into my new home, but I can’t. It’s such a mess.

“Only the kitchen has normal flooring. That’s the best room in the flat, but I can’t spend all of my time in there.

“Most of the floor is straight down to the concrete or there’s just bits of dirty carpet that’s been left.

“It’s not very nice at all.”

Mr Stryder said he accepted the flat out of desperation as he was unhappy in his previous lodgings.

However, he never thought he’d have to put up with the mess for so long.

Due to his disability, he is unable to walk very far, and struggles to get about, so is registered disabled.

He said: “I had been placed into Band 1 for three months, so I knew I was going to have to accept the first thing that came along, else I’d be back waiting for years for an empty property.

“I was very unhappy in a shared house, so out of desperation I said ‘yes’ to this.

“But I never thought they’d leave a person with mobility issues in a state like this. It’s not very safe underfoot at all.

“If I was a little old lady then there would be a public outcry, it’s terrible.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Homes said: “As previously advised, applications by Mr Stryder for the community care grant have been processed and approved.

“Unfortunately, we are experiencing some issues with our supplier which has resulted in a delay in fitting the carpets.

“We apologise for this delay and are doing all we can to ensure the carpets are fitted as soon as possible.”