Pregnant mum ‘can’t stop crying’ over ‘nightmare’ living conditions at council house

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The young family stays in the same room, as the other rooms in the house are “unsafe” for children.

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Pregnant mother Chloe Pritchard, 21, says the status of her sheltered home is taking a toll on the health of her young family

A pregnant mother says the appalling living conditions at her care home in Caernarfon are taking a toll on the health and well-being of her young family.

Chloe Pritchard, 21, says pieces of the wall fall off during the day, water seeps through several windows when it rains, there are cracks everywhere, and her three-year-old son stays at his grandmother’s house because it’s affecting his Health.

The young mother also described how there is humidity in the house and holes in the wall, which are covered with wallpaper.

Chloe moved into the two-bedroom house in Caernarfon, Wales, with her two young children last November.

Chloe says that water seeps through several windows when it rains.
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The 21-year-old was happy to find a bigger house for her growing family and was eager to move into the house as soon as possible.

She says the house initially seemed like an improvement over her previous home, but within days of moving in, she says she realized a lot of work went into making it a safe environment for her and her children.

Chloe says that pieces of the wall can randomly fall off during the day
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Three months after moving in, he says that the social housing provider Adra has not made any progress in remedying the problems, as he continues to discover more problems with the house.

Chloe said: “Living in this environment is horrible, especially with two children and another on the way. I can’t stop crying, I can’t eat or sleep here, it’s no way to live.”

She said heat can easily escape from the house, forcing her to keep the heat on for much of the day.

Chloe has complained about “cracks everywhere” to housing provider Adra
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These issues are taking a toll on the physical and mental health of her young children, she said.

“My young son lives most of the time with my mother because he can’t stand being in the house. There is dust everywhere from the crumbling plaster which affects him a lot because of his bronchitis.

“We have humidity, some of the plaster is damp to the touch and parts of the walls are crumbling at random times of the day. The outlets are also exposed and there are holes in the walls which are obviously dangerous for small children.”

“There’s dust all over the crumbling plaster,” Chloe said.
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Chloe says house conditions affect her three-year-old’s asthma
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“Kids are stressed living here. My baby, who just turned one, won’t settle and my three-year-old absolutely hates coming here. He always has a cold and his asthma is on the rise because of the cold, damp and dusty it’s here.

“He’s skipping school because of it too. He sees me stressed and he’s at that age now where it affects him and it just adds up,” Chloe said.

Chloe’s baby is due in July and she feels like she’s “getting nowhere” despite being in constant contact with Adra.

Chloe has complained to Adra about the humidity in the property
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Chloe is worried that if she takes her daughter’s eye off for a second, she could injure herself on the property.
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As it is, Chloe says, they all stay in the same room as the others are “not safe” for their children.

“I can’t let my baby crawl because the floor is so rough and if I had to look away from her for a second, she could be sticking a finger in loose plaster or a hole in a wall.

“We’re all staying in one room right now because I can’t have my kids in any of the other rooms given the way they are right now, it’s just not safe.

Adra said in a statement that the required work on Chloe’s home will be completed by the end of February.
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Chloe said that living in this environment is “no way to live”
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“People constantly tell me that these are not living conditions, but when I raise the issue with Adra, which I have done many times, it is as if they are not interested.

“We’ve had inspectors who acknowledge that there is work to be done on the house, but they say we have to continue to live here and wait months for it to be done,” Chloe said.

Chloe said she feels like she’s exhausted all her options. He says that he needs Adra to act urgently and that his current situation is not sustainable in the long term.

Chloe says it’s been a ‘nightmare’
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Dealing with her pregnancy and all that comes with it, as well as living in this environment, she says, is a “nightmare”, and she has thought about returning the keys on several occasions.

The only thing stopping her from doing so, she says, is her responsibility to her children.

“I’ve come close so many times to giving Adra my keys and just sleeping on people’s couches, but obviously with the kids involved I can’t do that.

“I don’t feel like I have any choice at the moment.”

Chloe said the exposed outlets are a danger to her young children.
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A spokesperson for Adra said: “Providing good customer service and making sure our customers feel safe and comfortable in their home is a priority for us.

“Our client moved into this house in November as part of a mutual exchange. In January we were made aware of issues related to some of the plastering on the property. To date we have conducted an inspection at the client’s home and have identified the work. required to be completed by the end of February. We will ensure the job is completed to a high standard.”

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