Cou­ple’s mis­ery at damp in flat

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Hy­wel Trewyn

CCG apol­o­gise for prob­lems:

A COU­PLE who have com­plained about mould and damp in their flat for three years are threat­en­ing to with­hold their rent un­til it gets fixed.

Wendy Jones and hus­band David Alan Jones say the prob­lem has spread through­out their Cartrefi Cy­munedol Gwynedd (CCG) owned prop­erty in Caernar­fon.

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Jones it started in the kitchen but it is now in their liv­ing room and their bed­rooms and is be­com­ing a haz­ard to their health

Mrs Jones, 60, suf­fers with ataxia or dam­age to the brain and from a skin con­di­tion pso­ri­a­sis which she claims is ex­ac­er­bated by the damp.

She said: “I can’t be do­ing with the damp with my pso­ri­a­sis. I am lit­er­ally cov­ered.”

The grandparents, orig­i­nally from Ch­ester, who have three chil­dren and nine grand-chil­dren are now threat­en­ing to with­hold their £400 a month rent to land­lord CCG un­til they sort it out.

Mrs Jones, who works in Morrisons, Caernar­fon, said work­men had dug a ditch out­side the front of their one-bed­room ground flat in Glan Cad­nant to try and al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem with­out suc­cess.

She said: “I can smell the damp. I have tried to wash the mould but you can’t get it off.”

The cou­ple said their ter­rier Menna won’t stop bark­ing at the mould above her on the liv­ing room ceil­ing.

Mr Jones, 65, who is re­tired, said: “At first it was the size of a 50p piece. Now it has gone big­ger and big­ger.”

Three years ago the cou­ple were lucky to es­cape alive from their flat af­ter car­bon diox­ide seeped out of their faulty gas cooker which meant they fell asleep af­ter leav­ing it on for a few hours.

Mrs Jones said: “I am fed up of the prob­lems here.”

A Cartrefi Cy­munedol Gwynedd spokesper­son said: “We are work­ing with Mr and Mrs Jones to re­solve these is­sues at their home. Ex­ter­nal re­pairs have been made to the prop­erty and of­fi­cers will be vis­it­ing later this week.

“We apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience they have ex­pe­ri­enced.”

David Jones points out the damp in the cou­ple’s Caernar­fon flat

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