FRUSTRATED residents in Knottingley say water “pours like a waterfall” through their ceilings every time it rains, but Wakefield and District Housing has only provided “temporary fixes” for the past six years.
Jeff Jordan, Sarah Waddingham and Sally Riseley, who live in three of the six Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) maisonettes, on Pinewood Place, said Mr Jordan first complained to WDH about water coming into their bedrooms and bathrooms – which ruined carpets, furniture and wallpaper – in 2006.
Mr Jordan, 38, who has lived in the row of maisonettes above the shops on Pinewood Place for nine years, said: “I have complained about the problem 14 times and every time they have sent someone out to do a temporary fix on the ceiling, not on the roof.
“We have been sent a letter saying work on the roof will be carried out soon but I won’t believe it until I see it.
“I can’t decorate anything because there is no point when I know that the next time it rains it is going to be ruined and I will have to start all over again.
“I work nights and when I come back in the morning I just don’t know what I’m going to find. It is brown mucky water that comes through and it’s a serious health problem, I have bugs which crawl through the cracks on my ceiling now.”
Miss Waddingham, 19, moved into the maisonette six weeks ago and said she has a hole in one of her cupboards caused by water running through the walls.
She said: “It is a disaster. When the water was coming through I thought it was never going to stop, I have to run and get my bath towels to mop up the water in the bedrooms.
“I am afraid to turn on my light switches or pull on the cords in case it comes down on me.
“I never imagined I would have these problems when I moved in.”
Miss Riseley, 49, who moved in 15 years ago, said the problem has become worse over the last couple of years.
She said: “The water pours through my ceiling like a waterfall in my bedroom, and I have to sleep with the window open and the heating on to dry out the damp, which is just wasting money.
“I have called them six or seven times, and all our complaints are logged but they have never fixed it properly they just cover it up. It is ridiculous, it’s like living in a sieve.”
Richard Parkin, WDH executive director of regeneration, said: “We are pleased to say that, as part of our planned investment programme, we have written to tenants to advise them that a re-roofing scheme to the flats will start in July.”