Mum desperate to be moved out of 'mouldy and smelly' Croydon...


Mum desperate to be moved out of 'mouldy and smelly' Croydon...
  1. Mum desperate to be moved out of 'mouldy and smelly' Croydon...
    croydonadvertiser.co.uk
    A group of residents in a Croydon tower block say they are "appalled" by the council's response to "five years' worth of complaints".Neighbours living at the Croydon Council-run flats at 7 Violet Lane are unhappy with their living conditions and claim they have repeatedly complained about damp, mould, the smell of human faeces and sewage from their bathrooms, and being over-crowded.Despite a Local Government Ombudsman report three years ago stating concern for one…
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A group of residents in a Croydon tower block say they are "appalled" by the council's response to "five years' worth of complaints".

Neighbours living at the Croydon Council-run flats at 7 Violet Lane are unhappy with their living conditions and claim they have repeatedly complained about damp, mould, the smell of human faeces and sewage from their bathrooms, and being over-crowded.

Despite a Local Government Ombudsman report three years ago stating concern for one resident, Cheryl Mendez, that "there was fault by the council which caused [Ms Mendez] injustice" which should be remedied, the mother of two is yet to be moved and says she has seen no improvement in her living conditions.

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Ms Mendez, 43, said: "Enough is enough, both my children are having to use the highest level of inhalers for breathing issues and have fungal infections yet the council has put me on the lowest level of re-housing need, meaning that I'm not urgent and unlikely to be rehoused.

"We have considerable issues with the smell of sewage in the bathrooms and the whole building and flat smells because of it. We are all stuck in one bedroom and firefighters told me that having two mattresses blocking up a window is a safety hazard.

"I have been trying to get a move but the council don't do anything. One housing officer said in a conversation that I should go private but I can't afford that. When you see the building it is going green on the outside and I fear for my children's health. Now with the tragedy at Grenfell Tower my daughter said she is scared and I just want to get out."

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Ms Mendez, who has lived in the building since 2006, stated that her children, a four-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son are both "using the strongest type of inhalers to deal with their breathing issues" and "struggle to sleep at night due to their breathing, pollution from living by the Croydon Flyover and constant noise".

Her daughter has suffered with asthma and respiratory problems since birth as well as a skin disorder that means she is prone to fungal infections when exposed to damp and cold conditions.

On top of this her son has experienced recurrent respiratory and allergic episodes since birth.

Despite a letter from Croydon Health Services NHS Trust's Children's Asthma Service in October last year pointing out 10 concerns in relation to the family's housing and living conditions and stating that "it is highly unlikely that either child's health will improve until they are moved from this flat", a Croydon Council review in December stated that "the medical condition your children present does not render your housing need urgent enough".

Ms Mendez is eager to be rehoused into a three-bedroom…

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    Croydonadvertiser.co.uk - Environment
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    A Thornton Heath man has appeared in court accused of dumping tonnes of waste on land in Croydon over the course of three years. Lance Morris is on trial at Croydon Crown Court accused of fly-tipping at a buiilder's yard in Martin Crescent between October 2012 and October 2015. Prosecutor Elaine Freer told the court yesterday (Tuesday) that Morris was "in the business of illegally dumping waste" during that time. Croydon Council environmental health officers told the court that…