‘Damp issues need to be addressed’

Patricia Logue (Photo Tom Heaney)
Patricia Logue (Photo Tom Heaney)

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has called for a review of the way the Housing Executive and housing associations carry out assessments of damp problems in local homes.

Councillor Logue said: “I have been dealing with a number of families who have been affected by the problem of dampness in their homes.

“We all know the problems dampness can have on a home and the effects it can have on people’s health. The Housing Executive have been doing a lot of work to try and address this but the residents I have spoken to said it wasn’t working in the long run and there needed to be long term solution to this.

“Currently residents are given advice on how to ventilate their home, clean the spots with bleach and paint the ceilings with gloss paint.

“While I agree that proper ventilation does count, I am suggesting that Housing Executive and housing associations should be looking at the other underlying issue that may be causing the problems such as getting a roofer to carrying out an inspection of the tar felt under the eves which ultimately can be a cause of damp.”

Colr. Logue said she knew from personal experience the problem caused by dampness, having recently experienced issues in her own home of 33 years, which were resolved once the tar felt was replaced.

The Housing Executive was last night understood to be formulating a response.