THIS WEEK IN 1989: Family tells of ordeal in ‘squalor’

Mrs Perry and her five children the youngest of whom was only five spent their days and nights in the front half of their lounge (C4981-1)
Mrs Perry and her five children the youngest of whom was only five spent their days and nights in the front half of their lounge (C4981-1)

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Housing officials began investigating claims that a Gosport family of six had no toilet for two days and had to use a bucket.

Susan Perry said she was living in squalor as workmen carried out major renovation work to her 50-year-old council property at Avery Lane.

The Perrys, pictured, had no hot water for a week – and claimed they were left without a toilet when plumbers ripped out the bathroom.

Mrs Perry said the family had to use a bucket when they were unable to visit her mother, who lived a few doors away.

‘She said: ‘It’s like being a tramp in your own home. We’re not living, we’re surviving.’

Mrs Perry and her five children – the youngest of whom was only five – spent their days and nights in the front half of their lounge.

The rest of the room was piled high with possessions collected from other parts of the house which were undergoing renovation.

Mrs Perry’s children took turns to sleep at her mother’s home, but each night, two youngsters would have to bed down on foam mattresses on the living room floor.

The family claimed they should have been moved out while workmen installed central heating and carried out other improvements.

‘The worst part is the stress,’ said Mrs Perry. ‘We are always arguing.’