Doncaster man claims mouldy council house is putting his life at risk

John Timmins has recently moved into a newly decorated council property in Hatfield which has some damp issues
John Timmins has recently moved into a newly decorated council property in Hatfield which has some damp issues

A Doncaster man suffering from a chronic lung disease says his life is being put at risk by mould in his council home.

This is the second time John Timmins, who is registered disabled due to his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, has experieinced problems with mould in his council property.

John Timmins has recently moved into a newly decorated council property in Hatfield which has some damp issues.

John Timmins has recently moved into a newly decorated council property in Hatfield which has some damp issues.

Mr Timmins, aged 57, says he was moved from his council house in Stainforth last year because the situation was so bad.

But he says since moving into a bungalow in Station Road in Hatfield he is encountering similar problems.

He said: “I’m having problems breathing and the doctors said it is affecting my condition.

“It’s putting my life at risk.

“It’s not just me – some other people living in the street have complained about problems with mould, it needs sorting out before it’s too late.

“I was so happy to move out of my other property and this is far more suitable but I can’t believe I’m having these same problems again.”

Mr Timmins said mould in the property has started to spread to his furniture.

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, said: “I am sorry to hear that Mr Timmins is having issues with his home. We are currently speaking with him to arrange for officers to visit the property in order to carry out an investigation and assist Mr Timmins in resolving any issues.

“We have looked at similar issues at Mr Timmins’ previous property, where we carried out a thorough inspection and found that the problems were not associated with penetrative damp.

“After our inspection of Mr Timmins’ current home we will work with Mr Timmins to resolve any problems we may find.”