Mar 2 2011 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Jackie Ellis, Coatbridge
A DISTRAUGHT mum is begging the council to fix horrendous dampness and water problems in her Coatbridge home, writes Gordon Robertson.
Tearful Jackie Ellis (36) is at the end of her tether after waiting since June, 2009, for her flat in Tinto Court, Rosehall, to be made fit to live in.
She and her three children – aged 16, six and one – have had to endure extremely cold and damp conditions that have affected them.
And oldest son David (16) is too embarrassed to bring his pals home because of the state of the flat.
Jackie said: “The water is running down the walls in the kitchen and the living room and it has been like this since we moved in more than 18 months ago.
“Everyone from the council has been out to see it but it still hasn’t been fixed.
“They don’t know what’s causing it but it seems to be structural.
“I just want it fixed or a move out of here because it has affected our health.
“We have all had bad chest infections.
“I am at the end of my tether and I am gutted that they haven’t done anything.
“I have been on the phone to them in tears.
“It gets really cold and you can smell the damp.
“My son doesn’t want to bring any of his friends back to the house.
“The electricity keeps tripping as well
“I keep telling the council it’s dangerous and I have said to them ‘are you going to wait until we are electrocuted before you do something?’”
In the Ellis’s living room the soaked carpet has been pulled back from the skirting board to dry out after rain water poured through the wall during recent bad weather.
And in the kitchen, wallpaper above the cooker had peeled away because of the wet walls.
Ms Ellis first complained about the conditions in the flat in September, 2009, and has been visited by a number of council tradesman and inspectors.
Some measures have been taken but the problems won’t go away.
Ms Ellis said: “I was in tears when the inspector came out because no-one can seem to do anything about it.”
North Lanarkshire Council insisted they had taken measures to improve the Ellis’ living conditions and eradicate the dampness and water problems in the flat.
David Dymock, area manager, housing and social work services, said: “We installed a full house ventilation system in this property in September last year, which should ensure an appropriate air flow throughout the house and prevent any issues with damp.
“Last week, we identified an external water leak from the window sill in the property above and this will be repaired shortly. We believe there may have been a small amount of water in the kitchen from a neighbouring property but this has been resolved.”