A DISABLED man is at his wits' end after waiting almost five years to get crucial repairs done to his home.
Frustration has mounted to such a degree that James Stening, of Cadnant Close, Blacon, suffered a serious hip injury trying to repair botched work by Chester and District Housing Trust.
The 54-year-old suffered a stroke four-and-a-half years ago. Since then his health has gone downhill and he now suffers from arthritis, lung problems and a serious back complaint.
But despite his condition, vital work to his home dating back to 2002 has still not been completed. He now lives in squalor.
His ward councillor, Reggie Jones, said: 'The state of the place is awful and the light fittings are broken. It's an absolute disg race.'
James has also been told he is not entitled to a new house by the trust.
James said: 'First they came in to do the bathroom and it's only three-quarters finished.
'Then they came to do the kitchen when I came out of hospital. About 20% of my cupboard space was taken away and holes left all over the walls.'
Eventually, he tried to carry out some of his own repairs.
'But I've a problem with my balance and I use a stick so when I got on a chair to fix the light fitting, I ended up on the floor in agony and couldn't move,' said James.
They had to kick in the door to get to him and called an ambulance when they saw how badly hurt he was.
Cllr Jones said: 'The whole process has been a nightmare and very upsetting as after all this time they still haven't done anything. It's absolutely appalling.
'I've been in touch with senior housing officers for the last month but it hasn't got anywhere.'
CHESTER and District Housing Trust has issued an apology for allowing the situation to develop.
A CDHT statement reads: 'We always endeavour to complete repairs to our residents' satisfaction and are very sorry if in this instance this has not been the case.
'We will make the work at Mr Stening's property a priority and ensure that any remaining repairs to his property are completed as quickly as possible.
'We have a well-established system for tenants to report any necessary repairs to us and always strive to meet their high expectations.'