Mother’s fury after her flat is flooded

Latasha Bright with one of her gas certificates.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151376-1286)
Latasha Bright with one of her gas certificates.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151376-1286)

Portsmouth families wanted for university study

  • Mum said she was ‘over the moon’ when offered new flat
  • But her home for six years has been plagued by problem
  • Latest is flood which has forced seven flats to be vacated
  • Lifts are also broken
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THE housing association that owns a nightmare block of flats dogged with problems has been blasted – again.

Latasha Bright has lived in 6 Portsmouth Road, Cosham, since it opened in 2009.

From day one there have been serious problems here but we are just ignored. I’m sick and tired of the way Wessex have treated my family. It is negligent.

Latasha Bright

Most recently, firefighters were called to the building after a valve underneath a bathtub on the sixth floor burst, sending water pouring through six flats below.

But Miss Bright, 27, says the flood, which has forced her and her two young children Leona, seven, and Lexi, five, out of their home, is only the latest in a catalogue of problems with the flats.

She says her family fell ill in 2011 from carbon monoxide poisoning and her flat was briefly condemned.

First Wessex says it cannot confirm there was a leak but admit it moved the family as a ‘precautionary measure’.

Miss Bright says she fought for six months last year to have the bathroom repaired after blockages caused sewage to pour in through her toilet, sink and bath.

The whole bathroom and the pipes were eventually replaced but not before she and her daughters fell ill with sickness and diarrhoea.

Miss Bright, who suffers severe anxiety following the death of a daughter in 2006, said: ‘From day one there have been serious problems here but we are just ignored.

‘I’m sick and tired of the way Wessex have treated my family. It is negligent. I can’t live in my flat at the moment.

‘A meeting was arranged for last week and I waited and waited but the woman from Wessex just didn’t turn up.

‘None of my phone calls were returned for almost a week.

‘We should not have to live like this. When I was first told I had the flat in 2009 I was absolutely over the moon.

‘I’d lost my daughter and was living in my parents’ front room with my other daughter. But this has been a nightmare.’

Corridors are lined with buckets because the roof has leaked for two years. The lifts are broken and those who cannot use the stairs are being offered hotel accommodation.

In a statement, Hazel Warwick, the asset management director at First Wessex said work on the leaking roof will start next week. She added: ‘We are sorry that our resident has had some problems with repairs at her flat.

‘We understand how important it is to resolve these, and we always try to do this as soon as possible.’

Miss Bright is seeking a move and says she will take legal action against Wessex.