Green mould and black damp growing in Wisbech St Mary woman’s living room - Circle Housing Roddons promise ‘urgent action’

13:00 24 March 2016

Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary. Sarah Jones trying to remove the mould.  Picture: Steve Williams,

Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary. Sarah Jones trying to remove the mould. Picture: Steve Williams,

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Circle Housing Roddons promised to take urgent action to rectify the shocking conditions a Wisbech St Mary woman is living in – and has been for the past four years.

Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary.  Picture: Steve Williams,Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Steve Williams,

Within 24 hours of becoming aware of the green mould and black damp that is growing in Sarah Jones’ living room, the social housing association have sent workers to her home on Chapel Avenue.

The mother, who has a two-year-old and five-year-old that have both become ill because of damp and heating issues, moved in to the house on January 22 2012.

“It was full of damp then,” she said.

Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary.   Picture: Steve Williams,Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Steve Williams,

“The only reason it went is because I’m the one that washed it off.

“I cleaned it all off last October and twice since then, but it keeps coming back.

“I’ve had enough of it. I’ve been there four years now and everywhere I go I get put aside,” she added.

Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary.  Picture: Steve Williams,Damp and heating problems with Roddons at Chapel Avenue, Wisbech St Mary. Picture: Steve Williams,

Sue Stavers, head of housing for Circle Housing Roddons, said: “We would urge residents to report issues directly in the first instance so they can be rectified as quickly as possible.”

Ms Jones, who is in rent arrears, was told by her housing officer in 2015: “We won’t be coming out to sort your property until that’s paid.”

She was issued with an eviction notice earlier this month, on March 9, so spent a number of nights at the Ferry Project.

“I had nowhere else to go,” she said.

“I got a letter through the door saying that I owe £1,000 in rent arrears. But they had put down that I was living at Ferry Project – so that amount is incorrect.”

Ms Jones is appealing the eviction notice and is meeting with Fenland District Council members to set up a weekly payment plan.

Sarah’s mum Karen Jones added: “We’re trying to get Sarah closer, but Roddons keep putting obstacles in her way.

“I think they are just pushing their luck.”

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