pensioners in Jacksdale are fighting to get double glazing in their homes claiming winters are so unbearable that they have to wrap themselves up in blankets.
Mavis Cade and Lynn Hodgkinson say ice freezes on the insides of their windows and the cold is affecting their health and costing them a fortune in gas bills.
As well as a chest complaint, 68-year-old Mrs Cade has arthritis and says the cold causes severe pain in her knees.
“I’m 68 and I was that cold last winter, and the pain was that bad in my knees, it was making me cry,” she said. “It’s getting beyond a joke. I spend £25 a week on heating.”
The old windows have apparently shrunk away from their aluminium frames, causing cold drafts.
Lynn Hodgkinson, who suffers from MS, said: “It’s absolutely dreadful. I dread it coming again this winter. You have to chip at the windows to get them to open.”
Cllr Gail Turner helped residents in Palmerston Street get double glazing in their homes last year and is pressing property managers Ashfield Homes for a second time on behalf of Mrs Cade and Mrs Hodgkinson.
She said: “These houses are freezing cold in the winter and the ladies are telling me that they just can’t cope with it any more. It’s not right that they are living in these conditions.”
Ashfield Homes had the double glazing scheduled for 2017, and have now brought it forward to 2013. But Cllr Turner and the two ladies say that is still to long to wait.
But Paul Bingham from Ashfield Homes said there were ‘many competing demands on council finances’. He said he had increased the budget for old windows to bring the replacement date forward and the two properties had ‘good energy efficiency ratings’ and loft insulation.