A pregnant mum-of-nine said her family are all suffering ill health because of a damp and mouldy housing association home.I can’t wait for the roll call….
Iona Heaton, 43, partner Paul Brown, 45, and their children Kaiden, nine months, Zak, two, Keegan, three, Kian, four, Elle, six, Kain, seven, Jade, 16 and Shannon, 17…Yikes! It's the Popular Culture full house!
…all share a four-bedroomed Twin Valley Home in Oozehead Lane, Blackburn.‘Oozehead Lane’..? Seriously?
She said: “Twin Valley come out, and out again, but nobody does anything about the spring underneath, or about the damp problem.And that’s the council’s fault, is it?
“All the kids have asthma now, and we’re constantly back and forth to the doctors for antibiotics.
“I have to have five children sleeping in my bedroom with me because their rooms are so freezing and damp.
“Me and my partner argue all the time because it’s so stressful living in a house like this.
“Because nothing gets done, I’ve asked to move, but they say we can’t because they haven’t got a house big enough for all of us.”
The family survive on metal polisher Paul’s £200 a week wage and total benefits of £575 a week.Maybe that’s a clue to not breed yourself out of house and home?
But no. It’s ‘er ‘uman rights, innit?
Iona said: “I’m one of eight children and have always wanted a big family. I’ve told Paul we are stopping after this one, but he won’t have the snip so I’ll have to.”Definitely a man you should breed with, love. Quite a catch…
“My mum doesn’t speak to me because of all the children. If people don’t like it, then tough. That’s just their opinion.”Except, it’s not. It’s their money.
Ian Rumsam, head of repairs at Twin Valley Homes, said: “Following an inspection this week, we have confirmed that the source of the problem is from a blocked drain in the privately rented property next door. As a goodwill gesture, to resolve the problem caused to our tenant, we have cleared the blocked drain and are tending to a blocked downspout at our tenant’s home.”I think you’re trying to fix the wrong problematic downspout there, chum…