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A YOUNG mum fears that the mouldy conditions in her Smith’s Wood home could be making her little boy sick.

A YOUNG mum fears that the mouldy conditions in her Smith’s Wood home could be making her little boy sick.

Since she moved into the Severn Road property, Hayley Clarke has had problems with a foul-smelling, black mould.

Her four-year-old son Joshua already suffers with DiGeorge syndrome - a hereditary illness which can cause a number of health problems.

And now Hayley is worried that the mould could be making his condition worse. Now at her wit’s end, she wants the problem sorted once and for all.

The local authority has said that it has already done some work at property and plans to carry out a structural review.

“I’ve just had enough,” she told the Solihull News this week. “This has been going on for two years and I don’t seem to be getting anywhere.

“I’m just worried about my son. Because of his condition he has heart problems, he’s been rushed to hospital several times and he has a low immune system. This is not the sort of place he should be living.”

According to Hayley, the mould has grown in almost every room in the ground floor maisonette. Over the years, it has damaged furniture, got into the food cupboards and caused a strong, embarrassing stench.

She understands that a previous tenant took legal action against Solihull Council in order to secure a move.

Matt Cooney, chief executive of Solihull Community Housing, said: “We sympathise with Miss Clarke and have already carried out work at the properly to try and alleviate this problem.

“We will now be carrying out extensive work to rectify and prevent the problem from reoccurring and will also be carrying out an independent structural survey on the property. We have advised Miss Clarke to contact us should she have any further concerns.”

 

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