Roof leak making my children ill, says Oswaldtwistle mum

Joanne Welch with 10-month-old Tiana-Rose

Joanne Welch with 10-month-old Tiana-Rose

First published in News

A LEAKING roof is making life difficult for a young Oswaldtwistle family.

Single mum Joanne Welch has been forced to remove sections of her carpet and mop daily since water started leaking through the roof of her Wordsworth Close home on Christmas Eve.

The 33-year-old, who has lived in the street for eight years, said the damp caused by the leak had made her daughters, seven-year-old Ellie-Mae and 10-month-old Tiana-Rose, poorly.

She said: “I have to mop every day and I have had to cut half the carpet off to stop the smell and the damp.

“Tiana was born three and half months prematurely and we were told there was not much chance of her surviving.

“When she was born she had all sorts of problems, including a brain haemorrhage, and she still has lung disease now. Over Christmas both my daughters had a really bad cough, and Ellie still has hers. Tiana ended up with bronchitis and ended up on a monitor, and her oxygen was really low.”

The full-time mum, who recently split from her partner, said she contacted landlord Hyndburn Homes, and the council’s environmental health department.

She said: “I explained everything to them, and said Tiana needs a clean atmosphere and the damp is not helping her.”

Joanne’s worried mum, Dorothy Laraway, said the situation was ‘not fair’. She added: “She’s up late at night mopping and the baby is poorly, so she’s really worried. It’s making them ill.”

Hyndburn Homes business manager Jill Scott said: “We were first made aware of problems at the property in mid-November and carried out a number of repairs that month.

“Further issues were reported in early January and we sent an inspector to visit that same day. We have since been working to establish the cause of the leak and have now identified a solution.

“Remedial work to the outside of the house will be carried out next week – weather permitting – as we need it to be dry for the repairs to work.”

Deputy council leader Clare Pritchard said: “Our officers have spoken to the tenant and the landlord about a problem with damp there.

“We understand repair works will be undertaken within a week and we will monitor the situation.”

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12:21pm Mon 3 Feb 14

goldiebambino says...

Quick question, how can it be leaking into the living room from the roof??? surely it would be leaking into the bedrooms? some people would read this article and assume she was trying to get a new carpet out of it.
Quick question, how can it be leaking into the living room from the roof??? surely it would be leaking into the bedrooms? some people would read this article and assume she was trying to get a new carpet out of it. goldiebambino
  • Score: 5

5:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

if the housing association had made good the repairs the first time round this would not be happening,why is it everything goes to the lowest but often the cheapest tender and the inevitable outcome is stop gap shoddy repairs that end up costing much more in the end,stick to proven quality workmanship,,the Victorians were masters of quality its just that today we just like to cut corners,
if the housing association had made good the repairs the first time round this would not be happening,why is it everything goes to the lowest but often the cheapest tender and the inevitable outcome is stop gap shoddy repairs that end up costing much more in the end,stick to proven quality workmanship,,the Victorians were masters of quality its just that today we just like to cut corners, noddy57
  • Score: 3

5:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

moxhie says...

Hyndburn Homes don't give a toss about their tenants , especially if they are paying rent .

You have to be on benefits to get anything done , or in some cases have connections with the Jehovah's Witnesses .
Hyndburn Homes don't give a toss about their tenants , especially if they are paying rent . You have to be on benefits to get anything done , or in some cases have connections with the Jehovah's Witnesses . moxhie
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Mon 3 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

noddy57 wrote:
if the housing association had made good the repairs the first time round this would not be happening,why is it everything goes to the lowest but often the cheapest tender and the inevitable outcome is stop gap shoddy repairs that end up costing much more in the end,stick to proven quality workmanship,,the Victorians were masters of quality its just that today we just like to cut corners,
I've had to put many a job right put as it was cheapest tenders accountants are not building surveyours so until this backward attitude changes serves the councils right if tenants claim off there insurance and not there own , to make a claim
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: if the housing association had made good the repairs the first time round this would not be happening,why is it everything goes to the lowest but often the cheapest tender and the inevitable outcome is stop gap shoddy repairs that end up costing much more in the end,stick to proven quality workmanship,,the Victorians were masters of quality its just that today we just like to cut corners,[/p][/quote]I've had to put many a job right put as it was cheapest tenders accountants are not building surveyours so until this backward attitude changes serves the councils right if tenants claim off there insurance and not there own , to make a claim phil kernot
  • Score: 1

9:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Pommie Art says...

goldiebambino wrote:
Quick question, how can it be leaking into the living room from the roof??? surely it would be leaking into the bedrooms? some people would read this article and assume she was trying to get a new carpet out of it.
Now thats a very good comment to make, how is the bedroom above.????
[quote][p][bold]goldiebambino[/bold] wrote: Quick question, how can it be leaking into the living room from the roof??? surely it would be leaking into the bedrooms? some people would read this article and assume she was trying to get a new carpet out of it.[/p][/quote]Now thats a very good comment to make, how is the bedroom above.???? Pommie Art
  • Score: 1

2:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Elegant1 says...

The problem is now drawing attention to the lack of maintaining the properties. Who is responsible for carrying out the repairs and to what standard? Waiting for a dry day is not any kind of answer for this family. Does the lady have to put up with it and the risk to the health of the children? Is it that the 90 day rule is being adhered to?
The problem is now drawing attention to the lack of maintaining the properties. Who is responsible for carrying out the repairs and to what standard? Waiting for a dry day is not any kind of answer for this family. Does the lady have to put up with it and the risk to the health of the children? Is it that the 90 day rule is being adhered to? Elegant1
  • Score: 1

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