A MUM has blasted Swindon Council after it hasn't yet sorted out terrible mould in her flat after months living with the problem.

The problem has been caused by the incorrect installation of loft insulation, and remedial action was twice postponed to avoid workers having to operate in what the council has called 'intolerably hot' conditions.

Eliza Fields 21, lives in Highworth with her three-year old son Mason. She first reported the damp to authorities in December when snow started leaking through her roof to the ceiling.

She claims Swindon Borough Council was inefficient after she's had to live with the mould for eight months despite her showing council workers the severity of the infestation

Eliza said she had to wait months for them to arrange a damp inspection and the roof should have been fixed by last week but this has since been delayed.

Eliza said: “I’m utterly appalled by the way the council have conducted themselves, when they know I have a three-year-old son living here in this dangerous environment.

“I pay my rent for us both to live here and that shouldn’t mean that I should have to leave my home because of their inadequacy.

“Although if I stopped paying them rent they would quickly be on my case.”

Eliza said she didn't want to leave Highworth because she works in the area.

She added: “I want my child to have a healthy environment and to not have to constantly worry about this issue.

“Once this is sorted I can then finish decorating and refurbishing my apartment, I have furniture and decorating that I have had to put off putting in here, so it doesn’t get ruined.

“I’m always cleaning my home but it just doesn’t feel clean because of this.

“I always ventilate my property, so I knew it had to be an underlying issue.”

While the council sent someone out to sort out the mould, but that didn't help because without the insulation in the loft being properly installed, it would only return.

Eliza even approached her Mason's preschool teacher, showing her pictures of the mould in the flat. Eliza said the teacher was very concerned and said she would write to the council about the problem. Eliza has since had to take her son to the doctor’s for check-up as she is concerned about him growing up with asthma or other breathing problems.

The young mum said she was getting nowhere with calls and emails so contacted her local councillor Steve Weisinger who asked the authority's housing department to get on to the problem as a matter of urgency.

Eliza logged a formal complaint in April earlier this year.

The council says both the mould and loft will be fixed soon, and said delays to work were unavoidable.

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman said: “After a recent visit to the property, it was discovered that the problem was caused by loft insulation having been installed incorrectly.

“Work to address this had been due to take place on 30 July and 6 August, but because of the hot weather, these appointments had to be cancelled on health and safety grounds. Our teams would otherwise have been left working in intolerably hot and confined spaces. On both occasions the tenant was contacted in advance.

“The work has now been arranged for next week when both the loft insulation and mould problem will be treated. We will then arrange a follow-up visit to ensure the tenant is happy with the work.”