Trying to resolve damp issue

Cheryl Mann shows the thick black mould in her Colescliffe Road property. Picture Richard Ponter 131608b.
Cheryl Mann shows the thick black mould in her Colescliffe Road property. Picture Richard Ponter 131608b.
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A Scarborough family of four is still having to endure living in a mould-infested house - one year after reporting the problem.

In January, The Scarborough News revealed how Sanctuary Housing residents Cheryl Mann and partner Nick Brook had battled severe damp in their Colescliffe Road home since April last year.

The Barrowcliff family were forced to spend Christmas cramped in one bedroom when water started running down the walls in their young daughters’ room. The girls, aged three and five, had spent months suffering from chesty coughs, and after advice from a health visitor moved into their parents’ bedroom.

Miss Mann said Sanctuary had continued to blame the problem on the family’s lifestyle, but after demanding their loft was investigated in February, the housing association backed down.

She said: “Environmental Health and Sanctuary visited me in January. They said it was my lifestyle even though I was doing everything I had been told to do by them. It wasn’t until February when I got sick of it, that I rang Sanctuary back saying I wanted someone to look at the loft. They went in and found the insulation was soaking wet. They then admitted it was nothing to do with me and installed new loft insulation but it has not got rid of the black mould.”

Asthma sufferer Miss Mann said her pleas for their home to be re-plastered had been ignored.

She said: “When the houses were built in the 1930s they used horse hair in the plaster which absorbs the mould. I have used special stuff to clean it and redecorated, but it literally comes straight back. I’ve told Sanctuary but they said they have fixed it with the new loft insulation. They just keep telling me to wash it with bleach .”

Miss Mann is now seeking compensation from Sanctuary.