Winchester family says enough is enough after mould takes over family home

Hampshire Chronicle: Kirsty Petch, her partner Shaun Hallisey, and their children, Tilly, Reggie, and Willow, have lived with the problem for nearly four years Kirsty Petch, her partner Shaun Hallisey, and their children, Tilly, Reggie, and Willow, have lived with the problem for nearly four years

WHEN she moved into her home she thought it would be the perfect place to bring up her children.

Mum-of-three Kirsty Petch has lived in Peninsula Road, Winchester, for four-and- a-half years. But just six months after they arrived, black mould started appearing around the house.

Barmaid Kirsty, 22, and partner Shaun Hallisey, 43, a supervisor, say they have been urging housing organisation A2Dominion, which they rent from, to do something for years — but the problem has just got worse.

Now, with a new addition to the family, they have had enough.

The worst room is that shared by the couple’s older children, Tilly, six, and Reggie, five, while that shared by Shaun, Kirsty and their 11-month-old baby, Willow, and the lounge is also affected.

Both Shaun and Tilly claim they have been suffering with breathing problems, and the couple are concerned for Willow’s health.

Ms Petch said: “When I moved in it was perfect but when we started living here problems started appearing. About six months after I moved in we got this mould. It’s in every room of the house. The extent of it in the children’s room is just ridiculous.”

She added: “We don’t want to move out of this house — we just want the problem sorted. We just don’t know what to do anymore. My children don’t deserve to be living here.”

A2Dominion is currently building 18 new homes close to where the couple live.

Mr Hallisey said: “It’s taken its toll on me now. I’m going to take this further until all of this gets solved. A2Dominion are building all these new houses but they are not looking after all the tenants they have got.

“I have been asthmatic all of my life but I haven’t had asthma for years, but since I have moved in it’s come back.”

A2Dominion said it was trying to fix the problem, and have appointments to repair extractor fans this month.

Emma Solomons, A2Dominion’s assistant director of property services, added: “We regret that Kirsty Petch has experienced an issue with damp in her property.

“Our contractors have visited the property to investigate the cause of the problem, and fixed a leak in the kitchen as well as readjusting loft insulation.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this issue.”

Cllr Ian Tait, portfolio holder for housing, said: “It remains to be seen that what A2 are going to do to resolve the issue, and because of the length of time it has taken, Ms Petch and her partner have lost confidence with A2.”

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9:07am Fri 20 Jun 14

jonone says...

There is one major thing that influences the growth of mould in property - the people living in it. As this "problem" started six MONTHS after this family moved in, I think I can spot the problem.

But congratulations to Mr Hallisey for having "a supervisor" job that pays so well that they can comfortably afford 3 children. We really ought to get more of these people into the Treasury.....
There is one major thing that influences the growth of mould in property - the people living in it. As this "problem" started six MONTHS after this family moved in, I think I can spot the problem. But congratulations to Mr Hallisey for having "a supervisor" job that pays so well that they can comfortably afford 3 children. We really ought to get more of these people into the Treasury..... jonone
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8:39am Tue 24 Jun 14

winchres says...

"Now, with a new addition to the family, they have had enough".

I certainly agree with that, they have had more than enough kids.

Well said Jonone. Properties do need to be looked after by tenants in terms of air circulation and not drying clothes all over the house.
"Now, with a new addition to the family, they have had enough". I certainly agree with that, they have had more than enough kids. Well said Jonone. Properties do need to be looked after by tenants in terms of air circulation and not drying clothes all over the house. winchres
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12:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

dreamcatcher74 says...

That is what I love about Winchester people who feel they are better than everyone else!- both these people have jobs so how many children they have is up to them!! Just because they are jobs you feel are beneath you doesnt make them any less worthy in needing to provide a good life for their family- social housing is renowned to blocking up ventilation within properties and this causes damp in so many of their properties!! Don't be snobs and don't be quick to judge others lifestyles!!!
That is what I love about Winchester people who feel they are better than everyone else!- both these people have jobs so how many children they have is up to them!! Just because they are jobs you feel are beneath you doesnt make them any less worthy in needing to provide a good life for their family- social housing is renowned to blocking up ventilation within properties and this causes damp in so many of their properties!! Don't be snobs and don't be quick to judge others lifestyles!!! dreamcatcher74
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