Town mum’s worry over damp flat

Mary Robertson Bernard at her home on Tuesday showing the damp problems she has in the house affecting the carpet and the furniture.
Mary Robertson Bernard at her home on Tuesday showing the damp problems she has in the house affecting the carpet and the furniture.

AN ARBROATH mother claims a local housing association is putting her son’s health at risk.

Mary Robertson Bernard says that despite repeatedly telling Hillcrest Housing that her flat in Arbirlot Road West has problems with mould and dampness, nothing has been done.

And now the situation is getting so bad that the conditions are making her two-year-old son Calvin suffer from a bad chest.

She told the Herald that the mould is especially bad in the bedrooms and it is now starting to spread on to her furniture.

Miss Bernard said: “I have told Hillcrest about the problems but they are not doing anything about it.

“My bedroom is just completely damp and it is only getting worse and affecting the bed and the other furniture.

“I had one person to come out to look at it and he said he would have to get somebody else to look at it because he didn’t know the cause of the problem but that was days ago now.

“We shouldn’t have to live in it.”

Not only is the dampness causing damage to the furniture, Mary says that it is also making her son fell unwell. She added: “I have told them that it is making my little boy suffer from a bad chest and that is also just getting worse.

“There is only me and him and they don’t seem to want to do anything to make it better.”

A spokeswoman for Hillcrest Housing Association says they will work with their tenant until they can rectify the problem.

She said: “Following a report of damp in one of our properties, an inspection was carried out by an independent contractor.

“It transpired that the problem was in fact condensation and a list of works was ordered. The works were completed in February.

“A further problem was reported which at first no conclusion could be made on. We revisited the property on Wednesday and the problem does not appear to be damp. An analysis by Environmental Health has been instructed.

“We will continue to work with our tenant until a suitable outcome has been reached.”