A father claims him son is ‘continually ill’ due to ‘mushrooms growing in the family’s damp council flat’.
Scott Spiller and his partner Sharon Evans live with their 17-month-old toddler Scott junior in a studio flat – just one room with a kitchen and bathroom.
The parents claim the conditions are so bad, their son is constantly unwell due to damp on the walls and leaks that haven’t been fixed for seven months.
Mr Spiller said he first spotted a leak under the bath of the tiny council flat in Redcliffe Bristol before Christmas and called the council to ask them to come and fix it.
But he said no one has even been out to investigate, and since then, the leak has spread.
There’s damp on the walls and the area around the bath has mushrooms growing out of it, he claims.
Damp patches have also soaked through the wall to the flat’s one room on the other side, reports the Bristol Post .
“There was a leak in the bathroom and now it’s starting to get a little bit worse,” he said.
“I was shocked when I looked by the side of the bath there’s mushrooms growing on the outside of the bath panel, and on the wall and going up through to next door.
“It’s the pipes going into the bath, I think, so I called the council seven months ago, but no one came round,” he added.
He said since the leak, his son’s health has deteriorated. “I care about my family a lot, and it’s not on, being in this place.
“We’re living in one room, basically, there’s no escape. He’s getting colds and coughs a lot, he’s continually got something not right – there’s never really a time when he’s not got something.
“I spoke to the council and they said it wasn’t an emergency, and no one has ever come,” he added.
When Bristol Live contacted Bristol City Council, a council housing officer visited the next day.
“We have no record of an official complaint about this issue,” a council spokesperson said.
“We visited the property today and have asked our contractor to provide to carry out some minor works to sort out the issue.
“We have also given the resident some advice on how to deal with condensation in their home.
“Where we can we always try to prioritise work in properties where there are concerns around the health of the tenants.
“If anyone expects that there are mould issues in their council property they can request a repair on our council’s website or in emergencies, by calling the team,” she added.
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