Action over damp

AN Exmouth diabetic and former roofer is threatening the district council with court action after an alleged year of ignored pleading to rid his council home of mould.

AN Exmouth diabetic and former roofer is threatening the district council with court action after an alleged year of ignored pleading to rid his council home of mould.Michael Bacon, 51, says he has been begging East Devon District Council to fix his home in Dray Court, Rolle Road, after being subjected to mould and damp for two years.The former roofer claims the flats at Dray Court are notorious for their shoddy workmanship and he has been on the phone nearly every day pleading with the council to fix the problem.Mr Bacon, who says he has spent a lot of money decorating his flat and resealing the mouldy windows, will now be taking the district council to the small claims court to claim back the money he has spent on pointless home improvements.He said: "I've wasted my time trying to make this house a home."I've got diabetes and nerve damage and being cold in this flat doesn't help my health."It's a fridge in here - it's depressing to come home."After numerous visits from surveyors in the past year, who have all suggested that work needs to be carried out, the problem has still not been sorted, he says.Mr Bacon says the surveyor said the flat had mould and condensation, all the trickle vents in the windows were closed and the extractor fans in the bathroom and kitchen were both disconnected, so they could not be used.He said the situation was made worse when a workman broke the bathroom fan. "The bathroom is disgusting," he said. "I have to go to my friend's house just to have a shower." An EDDC spokesman said: "In 2008, a survey of the flats was undertaken by a specialist damp-proofing company and, as a result, work was done to the parapet walls."Due to ongoing problems, a further survey was carried out (at Mr Bacon's flat)...as a result, additional works have been recommended. "The surveyor's report was received on February 10 and an order for the improvements will be placed this week.


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