FATHER-of-five fears his family could split up if they aren't found a bigger house soon.
Phillip Tallis, 50, and his wife Sandra say their present three-bedroomed flat on the Stanney estate just isn't big enough to hold their family.
Mr Tallis is also concerned the lack of a garden or yard means his children cannot play out safely.
The family has amassed 31 points in the borough council's housing allocation system under which tenants are awarded points depending on their personal circumstances.
Mr Tallis, who lives in Warkworth Court, said: 'We need 50 or 60 points to get a house.
'I have seen a house nearby which is empty and available, and would be great for us. But I can't understand why we can't have it.'
The council has already offered Mr Tallis a four-bedroom house on the Rossmore estate, and another in Rossmore Road, but he has turned these down.
Mr Tallis said: 'I would have to move my children from school. I don't want to unsettle them.
'I have wanted to get out of this flat for 11 years. I don't want to leave the Stanney or Ellesmere Port, though.' He is father to Christopher, nine; Tara, seven; five-year-olds Stuart and Vicki; and Shauna, three.
Mr Tallis said: 'A three-bedroom flat is not big enough for us all.
'The borough council is refusing to move me.
'This could split up my family if nothing is sorted in a few weeks.'
A borough council spokeswoman said: 'We have been and are care-fully considering Mr Tallis' case.
'At the moment we are waiting for further information about any health issues. That could accrue more points.
'Our points system is a needs-based accommodation policy and we are working with Mr Tallis to find him a suitable property.'