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Councillors seek details on mould problems in Waterford properties

Councillors in County Waterford have sought information on the extent of mould issues in Council owned properties.

It follows on from a number of issues recently being highlighted by residents in the Mount Suir apartments in Waterford City.

Speaking at the January Dungarvan/Lismore district meeting, Labour Councillor Thomas Phelan sought a breakdown on the number of such reports the local authority is dealing with.

In response, Senior Executive Officer in the Council's housing department Claire Hartley explained that reports are addressed through the Council's maintenance system.

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"It's an ongoing item that comes to us through the maintenance system and we certainly will come back to the request for a breakdown, as well as we can, of the reports of mould, damp and condensation issues through the maintenance system," she said.

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor McGuinness pointed out that dampness and mould can result in many health issues.

"It's a persistent problem especially in some of our older housing stock but also in some newer housing stock belonging to the Council," he said.

Cllr McGuinness pointed out that dampness and mould can result in cardio and respiratory illnesses and asked if there is a strategy to deal with the issue.

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Ms Hartley explained that advice is given to tenants on managing mould and condensation in properties.

"The strategy we have in  place is our maintenance programme which deals with mould and damp. Any reports are managed through the maintenance system," she explained.

She added that the Tenants Handbook gives particular information to tenants on managing mould and condensation in properties.

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