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Young mum Chelby Nolan’s protest over fleas and faeces in Valley Drive, Gravesend flat

17 August 2014
by Alex Matthews

A young mum quit her council home after it was infested with fleas.

Chelby Nolan was advised to leave the property in Valley Drive, Gravesend, after a social worker paid a visit.

Miss Nolan also claims she found dried dog faeces in some parts of the house.

The 21-year-old, who had moved into the temporary accommodation with her son Jimmy-Joe, three, is now staying elsewhere.

A magnified human flea. Library picture

A magnified human flea. Library picture

She refused to move back in after it was fumigated by Gravesham council.

She said: “I’ve got nowhere permanent to live. I had social services come over and they said it was not acceptable.

“If I had stayed, it would have been child neglect. It was not liveable.”

As well as the hygiene problems, Miss Nolan claims there were also safety issues, such as exposed wiring hanging off a wall.

The unemployed mum said that even after the council tried to rectify the problems, nothing changed.

She said: “When I came back to the house it was still infested with fleas and as for the dog faeces on the floor, they just put carpet over it.”

Miss Nolan is now worried it will be a long time before she gets another home.

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway has agreed to help with her plight.

“If I had stayed, it would have been child neglect. It was not liveable" - Chelby Nolan

A Gravesham council spokesman said the property was cleaned and fumigated prior to Miss Nolan moving in, who signed to say the accommodation was in clean and good condition.

The spokesman said: “After occupying the accommodation for a short time, the tenant brought to the council’s attention there were fleas in the property.

“The flat was then fumigated for a second time. It is not unknown that flea eggs can lay dormant after fumigation and can hatch when a property is disturbed.

"The flat has now been re-treated but the tenant has declined to move back in. Of course the council apologises for inconvenience caused.”

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