A MOTHER from Ludgershall says she feels ‘desperate’ after being left to live in a mould-infested home with her three young children for more than three years.

Leanne Robertson moved into her two-bedroom flat in Wood Park, Ludgershall in 2018. She and her partner live with their three young children: Amelia, three, Noah, two, and ten-week-old Mason.

Almost immediately, the 40-year-old noticed damp and mould in several of the rooms and has been “fighting” housing association Aster ever since.

Her baby boy, who spent the first week of his life in intensive care, has bronchitis and was rushed to hospital last week due to the effects of the black spores on his lungs.

“We noticed it pretty much straight away, our first Winter here,” said Leanne.

“I had a newborn baby at the time, and all Aster did was send somebody out to put some white paint over it!

“We only had our kitchen done six months ago and now it's covered in mould. It’s awful.”

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Leanne claims that, despite regular contact with the company, Aster “is not interested at all”.

“All they do is say open the windows and turn the heating up,” she said.

“My baby has had a bad chest and been in and out of hospital. My other two children are always coughing and always ill. It’s very frightening.”

She continued: “It’s breaking my heart. I feel so useless, I want to provide a nice home and this feels like it’s crumbling around us.”

Leanne added that she is currently trying to bid, through the council, on other properties, but said there are between 80 and 90 applications per property at the moment. She says that Aster has a responsibility to them and should either resolve the problem, or move them elsewhere.

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A spokesperson for Aster Group said: “We’re sorry for the ongoing issues our customer has experienced and understand their frustration. We’ve been working with them to find a solution and previously visited their home to clean and treat the affected areas.

“One of our surveyors is arranging a follow up appointment to investigate the matter further.

“In the meantime, we’ll continue to stay in touch with our customer to keep them updated.”

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