A woman with chronic asthma says she needs to move out of a caravan ridden with damp and mould because of the effect on her health and a massive heating bill.

The woman, who asked not to be named, lives on the Grovelands Park mobile home  site in Winnersh.

Wokingham Borough Council has been planning a regeneration of the site which will see the older mobile homes replaced with much higher quality, energy efficient ones – and as such the caravan won’t be repaired.

The plans were approved by the authority’s Planning Committee earlier this month.

The work means people living on the site will have to live in temporary accomodation.



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However, the woman is urging the council to move her and her husband to another home because the mould and damp is affecting her so badly,even though they’re in line for one of the new mobile homes.

The woman, who lives off disability benefits, said she is spending vast amounts on her heating to keep the caravan dry and that it “stinks”.

She added: “The council won’t do the repairs we need because of this regeneration.  Eventually I think this caravan will be replaced.

“But I don’t know when that is, and at the moment it’s terrible here.



Damp and mould in a mobile home in Winnersh

“The damp stinks and we have to have the heating on full blast to try to keep the place dry.

“I can’t work and I’m struggling to buy food because our heating bill is so high.

“I’m spending £300 a month and that’s before anything like council tax.

“I have to have the heating on full blast all the time, and the damp and mould is still spreading.

“It really affects my asthma and we need to move.

“My uncle lives in a much bigger house and he doesn’t spend anything like as much as we do on electrity – it’s ridiculous.

“It stinks too, everything has that awful musty smell.”

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A spokeswoman for Wokingham Borough Council said: “The regeneration will replace the existing older mobile homes with much higher quality, energy efficient, modern units on the site. This was approved at planning committee last week.

“We are not aware of tenant concerns around the cost of heating in the area, however we take fuel poverty very seriously and financial assistance is available to tenants living in temporary accommodation to help them with such costs if necessary.

“We would urge any of our tenants in this situation to get in touch with us.”

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