Southampton family moved into new home after Echo highlights mould plight

Colin, Samantha and Zachary in their new home.

Mould in the family's former flat.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A young southampton family is celebrating after housing bosses moved them from their mould-covered home into a two-bedroom flat - thanks to the Daily Echo.

It comes after we reported how the couple, who are both part-time cleaners. were pleading with housing bosses from Western Challenge to rehome them away from their one-bedroom flat in Tangmere Drive, Lordshill.

Colin and his wife Samantha saw mould spread to every wall, ceiling and window sill in their flat. The problem became so bad that their three-year-old son Zachary developed asthma, caught respiratory condition croup four times in the past two years and couldn’t sleep in his bedroom due to the mould.

Now the family are living in Croydon Close after Western Challenge Housing Association agreed to rehome them.

Colin, 32, said: “I do not think we would have been able to move out without the article in the Daily Echo. It feels like the weight of the world is off our shoulders.

“This is really life-changing for my son and my wife.

“The move means my son can grow up properly and enjoy his childhood. There are no limits to what he can do now he can sleep in his own room again.”

City councillor for Coxford ward Don Thomas backed the family’s fight.

He said: “When I see an injustice, as in this case, I like to shout out loud, and when I witness that injustice being put quickly right then I like to scream it out from the rooftops. Well done Western Challenge.”

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1:43pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Moongrass1985 says...

I'm still waiting for my story to be published by the daily echo in relation to damp/mould issues! Pleased for you getting out of that flat Colin, Sam and Zachary, from Lisa, Dan Meleder and Jack :) xx
I'm still waiting for my story to be published by the daily echo in relation to damp/mould issues! Pleased for you getting out of that flat Colin, Sam and Zachary, from Lisa, Dan Meleder and Jack :) xx Moongrass1985
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8:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

solomum says...

II am pleased that this family have been rehoused. I hope that the housing association will ensure the damp and mould has completely gone before housing someone else in the flat.
II am pleased that this family have been rehoused. I hope that the housing association will ensure the damp and mould has completely gone before housing someone else in the flat. solomum
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10:11am Fri 21 Feb 14

KingMawwaw says...

I didn't read the original article, so probably this has been addressed - but would it have been possible for them to clean the mould before it spread? And then to ensure the flat was properly ventilated?

Allergy UK give useful tips on minimising contact with mould:
https://www.allergyu
k.org/avoiding-respi
ratory-allergens/mou
ld-allergy-advice
I didn't read the original article, so probably this has been addressed - but would it have been possible for them to clean the mould before it spread? And then to ensure the flat was properly ventilated? Allergy UK give useful tips on minimising contact with mould: https://www.allergyu k.org/avoiding-respi ratory-allergens/mou ld-allergy-advice KingMawwaw
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5:14pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Moongrass1985 says...

That would be the obvious solution to damp/mould issues but it doesn't always come down to a poorly ventilated property as is the case with mine.
That would be the obvious solution to damp/mould issues but it doesn't always come down to a poorly ventilated property as is the case with mine. Moongrass1985
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