Mould makes life a misery for mum

PUBLISHED: 15:18 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

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A LITTLEHAM mum-of-three s life is being made a misery by a mould problem which means she has to sleep on the sofa and can't spend time with her children.

A LITTLEHAM mum-of-three's life is being made a misery by a mould problem which means she has to sleep on the sofa and can't spend time with her children.

Sarah Carney, of Midway, claims she has been battling for five years for the district council to cure the persistent mould on her bedroom wall which prevents her from sleeping in her own bed.

Ms Carney, 34, said the council has told her to keep washing the area with bleach and water - but has yet to come up with a solution to cure the problem.

Unemployed Ms Carney said the mould has spread over the years and, what once was a few black spores on the bedroom wall, is now a two-foot band of white and black mould that covers the entire length of the wall from the carpet upwards.

A tearful Ms Carney said the mould has exacerbated her asthma - forcing her to move out of her bedroom to sleep on the sofa.

She said her sleeping arrangements and the mould prevent her three children, who live with their grandmother and father, from staying over.

"I am a clean person and this is horrible. I can't cope with this anymore. I shouldn't have to live like this. I am on antidepressants.

"The room smells musty. I have to keep washing the bedding and I've had to throw out some of my clothes and shoes from the wardrobe," she said.

"The kids can't come and stay with me because there's nowhere for them to sleep. I need a new carpet because the mould's made it dirty and wet on the edge. I can't afford one so I applied for a community grant but I was turned down because of the mould.

"Sometimes I sleep in there with the window and door open if I want a good night's sleep because the settee hurts my back.

"But if I do that I am sick when I wake up.

"I had to paint the wall a darker colour and I've had to throw a bed out. I feel really angry.

"The council came out a couple of years ago and took a couple of bricks away and put in insulation but, if anything, it made it worse."

A spokesman for the district council said they had been working with an independent contractor since December 2002 to resolve the problem.

The council said it believes the mould is caused by condensation and is not a structural problem.

"Works were undertaken to clean the cavity wall in January 2003 and this appeared to resolve the problem," he said.

"In October 2007 we received a second complaint about the bedroom smelling damp and walls being mouldy. We visited the property and found the problem was caused by condensation. We gave the tenant advice about dealing with the problem.

"We received a further complaint in January that damp was spreading through the room. An order is to be issued to re-fill the cavity with insulation.

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