Residents meet housing worker

MDB100129d2'Old terraced houses, Princes street Eastwood
MDB100129d2'Old terraced houses, Princes street Eastwood

residents from Princes Street in Eastwood turned up to a meeting last week to get answers about the damp problems in their homes.

A room full of angry tenants listened intently to what housing worker Gary Duckmanton had to say about the street-wide problem in an Eastwood Tenants’ and Residents’ Association meeting.

People in the road say they have mould growing up their walls and the damp is having adverse effects on their health – but many feel they are being ‘fobbed off’ by Broxtowe Borough Council, which says in some circumstances it could just be condensation.

Mr Duckmanton carried out damp tests at every property ahead of last Wednesday’s meeting and said letters would be posted out detailing results for individual properties.

Gerald Irving-Phillips said his property came off worse of all the houses tested.

“I’ve still got water dripping into a bucket in my spare room from when the weather was bad in January. They’ve still not sorted it,” he said.

“I’ve lived here for over ten years and had the problem on and off ever since. Two years ago I had the place re-plastered but the council forgot to put the top coat on and now my wallpaper is peeling off.”

Mr Duckmanton said he would fund extractor fans for all kitchens and bathrooms in the street, give out fungicidal treatment and humidifiers for people to gauge where the problem is worse, and help out with the re-decorating costs.

“We accept that some of the problem is Broxtowe Borough Councils,” he said. “But we are here to work on it. We are here to try and reduce the problem and try and help.

“We aim to work together so hopefully next winter things will be a lot better.”

Last month the Advertiser reported the story of Princes Street residents John Hodgson and Gemma Johnson and their three year battle to get re-housed.

The furious couple, who have mould on their walls and carpets, wrote to the council chief executive in a final plea, but received a letter back saying it was just condensation.

Broxtowe Borough Council did not want to comment because it was election period.