A mum-of-three has slammed the council for forcing her young family to stay in an “unlivable” sodden flat – with mould ridden walls.
Stacey McNeill, 28, shares her 13th floor flat with husband Jai, 28, daughter Amy, seven, and sons Jai, four, and one-year-old Olly.
Mrs McNeill, who has lived in the two bedroom flat for six years, said it’s deteriorating at an alarming state with black walls, rotten window sills and saturated ceilings.
Two of her children have been taken to hospital because of the squalid conditions and her husband is often forced to sleep on the sofa because of his asthma.
Mrs McNeill said the flat in Muirhouse, Edinburgh is “disgusting” and blasted the council claiming it’s not the type of environment she wants to raise her young family in.
Initial attempts to fix the problem in September proved unsuccessful with the walls and ceilings in the living room and bedrooms turning black again within a couple of weeks.
Mrs McNeill said: “It’s absolutely disgusting.
“My eldest son has been in hospital twice and looks like he has asthma, which we’ll find out when he turns five.
“My youngest was also rushed into hospital with breathing problems and it turned out he had a chest infection.
“My mum has said previously that she has smelt the damp on our clothes.
“It’s so embarrassing.
“We’ve been treated terribly and it’s simply not acceptable.”
“We swapped rooms with my eldest son and daughter because one of the bedrooms is that bad.
“The bedroom has damp all over the walls and ceilings in the bedroom.
“It’s also in the corner of the living room.
“It’s crazy that the council thinks this is suitable for children.”
It took the council until last week to relocate the family while the council attempts to find a long-term solution to the problem that has been ongoing for a number of years.
Mrs McNeill said the situation has put a strain on her relationship with husband, who works at Sainsbury’s.
But both have vowed never to return to the flat, even if the problem is rectified.
Mrs McNeill said: “Nine times out of ten Jai would sleep on the sofa.
“He has bad asthma and cannot stand to sleep in there.
“It has caused arguments between us and I’ve suffered from depression.
“We’ve had to buy more furniture and clothes that have been ruined.
“It is unlivable in that flat now and it has been for the past five months.
“We have no idea how long it will take to fix but we don’t want to go back there.
“I refuse to take my children back there.”
Cllr Kate Campbell, Housing and Economy Convener, said: “We have taken action to resolve the problems of dampness and condensation in the flat.
“This initial work was not entirely successful.
“We have rehoused the family while further work is undertaken to find a permanent solution to the problem.
“We’ll continue to support the family and sympathetically consider any requests for assistance they have.”
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