Wath couple’s fury over hole left in roof for months

Margaret Houlton outside the property in Wath that is in need of repair.

Margaret Houlton outside the property in Wath that is in need of repair.

A couple claim they have lived with a hole in their roof for nine months and are still waiting for workmen to fix it.

Margaret Houlton and partner Philip Dungworth now fear their rented home in Bushfield Road, Wath, is in danger of collapse after their leaky roof was exposed to the wind and rain.

The couple claim they have repeatedly asked Guinness Northern Counties - the housing association which owns the property - to fix the roof ever since high winds blew about 50 slate tiles off before Christmas last year.

The company has now pledged to fix the problem today after being prompted by the South Yorkshire Times.

Ms Houlton, 46, said: “When we open the loft hatch you can see the sky, it’s ridiculous. It is exposed to all the elements, wind and rain.”

Mr Dungworth, a 57-year-old former coal miner, who suffers from respiratory illness Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, added: “It has affected my health even more. Water will collect in the loft and I fear it might cause structural damage. We are worried the ceiling might come through one day.”

The couple also claim wooden cladding to the front of their three storey home had also been ripped off by high winds and is still awaiting repair.

Guinness Northern Counties said the problem with the roof had only been reported in April.

A spokeswoman said: “Work to replace tiles and cladding, which were displaced due to adverse weather conditions, has been in progress, with final repair works scheduled for July 24. Regretfully, our customer has not been kept informed of how work was progressing and has understandably felt they were being overlooked.

“Steps have been taken to ensure there is no risk to residents and we can confirm that there is no water leaking into the property.”

She added the company has apologised to the couple.


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