Leaking house in Hailsham sparks family worries over children’s health

George, Beverley, Rachel, Paige SUS-150918-111906001
George, Beverley, Rachel, Paige SUS-150918-111906001

A family living in Hailsham are worried for their children’s health after years of severe leaks at their council home.

Beverley Poole and George Humphrey, of Harriers Court, have lived in a council flat with damp, mould and dripping water for more than three years despite repeated requests for the damage to be repaired.

Damp at the couple's home in Hailsham SUS-150918-111928001

Damp at the couple's home in Hailsham SUS-150918-111928001

The couple say the cold and damp is making their children unwell and they want to be moved to a more suitable home.

Their eight-month-old daughter, Rachel, has had bad chest infections since birth and has been given a asthma inhaler to help her breathe.

Beverley said, “She is always wheezing and can’t breathe properly. She wakes up in the night because she can’t breathe and is usually up for two hours before going back to sleep.

“Our five-year-old is awake in the night as well and has to go to school with almost no sleep.

Damp at the Hailsham flat. SUS-150918-111917001

Damp at the Hailsham flat. SUS-150918-111917001

The couple’s other daughter, five-year-old Paige, and both parents have also suffered from ill-health as a result of the damp.

Beverley and George have repeatedly asked Wealden District Council to repair the damaged roof, but despite several home visits by contractors, Beverley says the problem has not been fixed.

Over the last three years the damp and the leaks have spread to other parts of the property. including over the flat’s electric boiler and several light fittings.

The council is now preparing to replace part of the roof at the property.

A Wealden spokesman said, “Following a thorough investigation, we are preparing to carry out work to replace the roof valley, as well as deal with any associated internal issues.

“A number of repairs have been carried out to the property in recent years. The work was undertaken by our previous contractor who has since gone into liquidation. Unfortunately we are unable to investigate the detail of what was or wasn’t carried out.”

But after her previous experiences, Beverley has doubts about the council repair works.

“It would be two weeks before they finished repairs and my daughter would be getting worse the whole time.

“Even after they do fix the roof, what is to day say it won’t become a problem again.

“I think they should move us. This flat isn’t right for us.”

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