Photo gallery: Damp flat is making my baby son ill, says Norwich mum

Jemma Waterfield, and her 11-month-old son Harley in Harley's bedroom where Jemma has put the furniture in the middle of the room because of the damp, in her council flat at Golding Place. Picture: Denise Bradley Jemma Waterfield, and her 11-month-old son Harley in Harley's bedroom where Jemma has put the furniture in the middle of the room because of the damp, in her council flat at Golding Place. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, April 21, 2014
5:40 PM

There is so much damp in Gemma Waterfield’s city council-owned flat, she has had to move her 11-month-old son out of his bedroom after finding mould on his mattress.

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The 27-year-old and her son, Harley, moved into the flat in Golding Place in June, when she redecorated every room, bought new furniture and had new carpets laid.

But now the whole property apart from the living room has mould on the walls, or the ceiling, and the floors are soaked under the carpets.

Miss Waterfield has had to throw away two wardrobes she bought last year because they were ruined by mould.

“Harley has got asthma and he keeps getting colds,” she said.

“I told the doctors about the damp and they asked if I had considered renting.

“I did Harley’s room up for him and now he’s sleeping in bed with me because the damp is so bad in there. I only realised the mould had got into the mattress when I changed his sheets.”

Miss Waterfield said she first contacted Norwich City Council about the damp problem in February and although damp surveyors have been out and the bathroom has been replastered, nothing has so far been done to stop the cause of the problem.

“I had a plumber come out but they said it wasn’t caused by a leak – it was rising damp,” she said.

“I like this place – I spent loads of money decorating it when I moved in and now everything is wrecked.”

A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “We are aware of the tenant’s concerns and have been working with our contractors to find out what’s causing the condensation and mould.

“This has included investigations by a plumber to rule out the possibility of a leak, as well as a survey, which showed nothing to indicate a more significant damp problem.

“A follow-up survey has already been arranged for next week, as well as measures to tackle the immediate problem of mould growth.

“We hope all of this will result in a satisfactory outcome for our tenant.”

Miss Waterfield has also taken the case to her local MP, Simon Wright, who said he would be raising it with the city council.

“This has been made the worse because of the impact it is having on her son,” he said.

“There are concerns about the health and wellbeing of the child, which must be causing distress.”

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11 comments

  • As bad as the damp may be, I'd be more afraid of whatever left those enormous footprints on the wall!!!

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    Duck and Dive in NR5

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Funny, isn't it, that there are no damp flats in the private sector....

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    marty r

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Why are so many commentators criticising this lady and her family? Perhaps it's because they want to get their own prejudiced opinions heard. Good luck in getting your home sorted, Gemma.

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    tigger449

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • I think ur an amazing mum I have known u for years and so what if it is a council property I can garentee all u bills are paid and she's not a sponger if there is a problem within a property and the council or landlord is not doing anything about it I would do the same you have to be heard to have a problem solved and Harvey is a lovely name if I have a boy I would used the same name gemma is no it a young mum maybe look closer to home people and look at ur own lives before u start judging people...

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    Suzie Dedman

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Human compassion is a lovely thing, if nothing nice to say you miserable people,then keep your bitchy comments to your selves. The flat is damp through no fault of their own, please get a bloody life and leave well alone. Would you want a child in those damp conditions, the people who stick their noses in, can't live in same conditions.

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    ARBJDB

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Your just a,sad pathetic man!!!

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    Katie Hudson Pople

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • I don't have a clue why your all being so mean there's nothing wrong with the name Harley I've had council out to day and there is a big problem with the floor that's what's causing rising damp I can afford to keep my son he's well looked after and there's nothing wrong with living in a council flat not everyone have loads to buy a home

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    Jemma Waterfield

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Get a dehumidifier andor stop drying clothes without ventilation.

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    Alex Holdroyd

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Ventilation is required ! open a few windows from time to time

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Exactly, be grateful for what you have. No one owes you anything.

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    christoph

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Since the last labour government gave up control of our borders there has been a huge increase in this countries population as a result we must all be thankful that we have a place to live as there is massive increase in a need for accommodation for people

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    blister

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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