Fears for asthmatic child in mouldy home

The resident showing the mould and damp on the windowsill and window of the Rossnagalliagh House yesterday morning. DER0115MC002

The resident showing the mould and damp on the windowsill and window of the Rossnagalliagh House yesterday morning. DER0115MC002

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The mother of an asthmatic six-year-old has said she is afraid a rancid smell and mould caused by dampness will worsen his condition.

The woman, who lives in the Rossnagalliagh area of Derry, said she has repeatedly asked Fold Housing Association for help with the problem, but is not satisfied with the response to date and now wants to move.

Mould and damp also in corner of livingroom where a young child with asthma spends most of his day. DER0115MC003

Mould and damp also in corner of livingroom where a young child with asthma spends most of his day. DER0115MC003

Derry City Council Environmental Health officers are set to visit the house after being contacted by the woman.

The young mother, who does not want to be identified, moved into the house a year ago, but said the problem is now so bad she is afraid to let her son stay in his own room.

The woman said that while Fold Housing were in the process of replacing the windows and doors in Rossnagalliagh, the damp and mould in her home seemed to have taken root.

“I took down pictures on my phone of the damp spots and everything to show them,” she said. “I want out of here now. I wanted Christmas over with to do up the house but I don’t know what to do now. I put up wallpaper in the sitting room and its ruined already. What is the point of me painting them walls for black spots to come through.

The moulded wall and ceiling painted over, at Rossnagalliagh. DER0115MC001

The moulded wall and ceiling painted over, at Rossnagalliagh. DER0115MC001

“The health thing is the big thing. Over Christmas was the worst, we didn’t really stay here that much. We went to family and when you come back you were nearly choked. The smell just hits you up the face. It’s getting into my chest and getting into his.

“How do they expect a woman and a wee wain to live like this? It is literally affecting my son’s health. I can’t see myself staying here now. I just want out.”

A spokesman for Fold Housing said they would investigate the issues raised at the address, adding that properties in Rossnagalliagh were currently being fitted with new windows and doors.