Family’s fury at grandmother’s damp house

Marlene Payne of Prospect Terrace, Rothwell in her bedroom, with the mould her wall.

Marlene Payne of Prospect Terrace, Rothwell in her bedroom, with the mould her wall.

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A family fear their grandmother’s life is being put at risk as damp-ridden bedrooms have forced her to sleep on her sofa for a year.

Furious relatives say Marlene Payne, 74, is living in conditions “you wouldn’t let a dog live in” at her flat on Prospect Terrace, Rothwell, despite repeated calls for help to Leeds City Council.

Every night Mrs Payne - who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma - sleeps in her living room, as breathing is too painful in both of the bedrooms. They say the situation has become more desperate as the weekend’s deluge saw water streaming down the walls upstairs, fusing the electics.

 

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