Dampness forces family out of home

Burton Latimer, Charlene Woods with son Harry Woods, 2, her council house has a persistent problem with condensation leading to mould. 'Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Burton Latimer, Charlene Woods with son Harry Woods, 2, her council house has a persistent problem with condensation leading to mould. 'Wednesday, 11 January 2012

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A mother says she has been forced to move her young family out of their Burton Latimer home because recurring mould is making her premature baby ill.

Charlene Woods and her children Brogan, five, Harry, two, and baby Marley are all now living at Charlene’s mother’s after moving out of the Hurst Close home two weeks ago.

The 22-year-old made the decision after Marley, who was born seven weeks premature, was admitted to hospital with bronchilitis.

Burton Latimer Medical Centre health visitor Vivienne Wills confirmed the need to move, saying the ‘presence of mould is a cause for concern with regard to respiratory illness’.

Miss Wood said: “I can’t stay in the house and risk the health of my kids while the mould keeps returning.

“I had to make that decision and move out to my mother’s where I know my children’s breathing, especially my baby’s, would not be affected.”

Miss Wood claims mould has affected the walls around the windows and ceiling since she moved in last year.

She says despite regular work by Leicester Housing Association to remove it, it always comes back.

Director of housing and customer services at Leicester Housing Association Keith Edwards said he was doing everything he could to resolve the situation.

He said: “We have been in regular contact with Ms Woods and can confirm that we will be replacing the windows in both bedrooms at the property. We have listed this as a high priority case and will be pushing for the work to be completed as soon as possible.”