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Gillingham mother Janine Davidson angered as six-year-old daughter tries to get well in mould-ridden flat

16 February 2014
by Lynn Cox
Janine Davidson in her mouldy flat

Janine Davidson in her mouldy flat

Mrs Davidson admits her landlord Medway Council has tried to solve the problem by giving her an extractor fan and have even washed down the walls on occasions, but to no avail.

Amy Davidson was hit by a car in January and is now recovering

Amy Davidson was hit by a car in January and is now recovering at home

The 32-year-old - who has three children, aged 13, six and 18 months - said she has been complaining for the past four years and is now sick of being forced to live in such conditions.

She said: "I've had industrial dehumidifiers in the flat. The council put in an extractor fan and have treated the walls, but the problem still comes back.

"You can see the damp around the breeze blocks in the wall, so it's actually within the walls and sometimes the mould and wet drips down from the ceiling in the corners. I've just had enough of living like this."

Janine Davidson and Cayley Perrin, her youngest daughter, who suffers from chest infections

Janine Davidson and Cayley Perrin, her youngest daughter, who suffers from chest infections

Mrs Davidson added: "The council sent a contractor out once and he was a mould specialist and he told me it was the worse case he had seen in the past 25 years.

"Cayley, who is my youngest daughter, is just 18 months old and in that time she has suffered four chest infections and I am sure it is because of the damp conditions."

Speaking about Amy's injuries, Mrs Davidson added: "She's going to be OK, but she is still has a lot of pain in her leg.

"I've just had enough of living like this..." - mother Janine Davidson

"She's not eating properly and neither of us has slept much since she got out of hospital and since it happened.

"So it can't be doing her or any of us any good to be living in such conditions."

A Medway Council spokesman said: "There are plans to carry out maintenance work throughout the whole of Keswick Court, including the replacement of drainpipes, improving protection from rain.

"During the council's last visit to this property the problem was diagnosed as condensation and the tenant was given advice and information.

"Council staff also fitted an extractor fan, improved loft insulation and removed any mould."

Evidence of the mould

Evidence of the mould in the family's Gillingham flat

Housing officers plan to visit the property again this week.

The spokesman added: "The housing service has seen a significant rise in damp and mould problems this year as a result of the very wet weather."

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