May 11 2012 by Jennifer Buchanan, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A YOUNG family have been left living in a house riddled with damp.
And they say that they’ve been passed from pillar to post by the local authority that should be looking after them.
One wall in the Minishant home is so wet that paint won’t dry on it.
A baby chair that has been lying in the bedroom for two weeks has mould growing on it, brand new cots and drawer sets have fallen to bits as the wood warps and wastes away, and three young children aged four, two and one, are left sleeping on damp mattresses.
Mum Hayley Bell has been trying to sort out the situation since she moved into the house in October and is worried about her beloved children’s health.
And despite repeated calls to South Ayrshire Council’s housing department, the 27-year-old has had no results.
She said: “When the housing inspector came out he told us it was condensation and we should turn up the heat and open the window.
“Then a man from environmental health said they would get us thick lining paper to cover it.
“We don’t want to cover it, we want a dry house and it’s disgusting that we’ve been treated like this.
“The housing inspector even said to me that the mattresses were wet because the kids had been wetting the bed which I couldn’t believe.
“The mattresses are new and my oldest is four. He’s never wet his bed.
“The house is obviously damp, you can see it and smell it in nearly every room.”
Kenny Leinster, head of community care and housing for South Ayrshire Council, said: “After receiving complaints from our tenant we had the house inspected and then got a specialist company to produce a report for us.
“The report showed that there was mould growth in some rooms due to condensation, it also showed that the fans fitted in the kitchen and bathroom were working.
“As a result we are having a ventilation system fitted to the property, which will help the control of condensation and new vents will be fitted above doors in the hallway.”