Mum in caravan ‘full of mould and holes’ fears she’ll be homeless for Christmas

Deborah Lendrum has been living in an “appalling” static caravan in St Austell, Cornwall which she could now be forced to leave before Christmas due to it being in a dangerous state of disrepair

A mum says she is living in an “appalling” caravan ridden with black mould and holes in the floor, leaving her scared she could be homeless before Christmas.

Deborah Lendrum has been living in her static caravan in St Austell for three and a half years but she claims that despite complaints the desperate conditions have not been looked at, reported CornwallLive.

She works as a cleaner for holiday rentals and pays £433 rent each month. Despite this, her caravan is one of 40 motorhomes on the Manor Park site that have fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair.

The “appalling” living conditions include condemned gas boilers, no insulation, extreme black mould, holes in single glazed windows and collapsing floors and walls.

Deborah suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary lung disease and described how her living conditions compromise her health, as well as that of her son’s, Alex Lendrum, who also resides on the site and suffers from mental health problems.

She said: “In winter, I wake up with a wet mattress and sheets from the damp in my room, so I have to sleep in the living room area. You can see your own breath, it’s that cold. That can’t be good for anyone’s health.

“My son suffers from depression and he is raising his 10-year-old daughter here. His caravan is worse than mine.

“I take a lot of pride in my home, and it’s one of the better ones, but you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle when the wallpaper keeps falling down due to mould.

“Everyone is living in fear. It is a very tense and worrying time. Not only have we been living in awful conditions but we now face being made homeless before Christmas.

“People have families, pets and responsibilities. It’s our whole lives.”

The site was recently bought by Shadwell Parks Limited, who employed PLL Management in October to manage it on their behalf. They are due to be inspecting all units this week.

Any that have deteriorated beyond reasonable repair will be condemned as unfit for private residence.

The residents in condemned properties will be served a 30 days’ notice to vacate. The company that now owns the site says it is in the process of acquiring more units.

A spokesman from PLL said: “We are seeking to resolve the issues Shadwell Park has inherited from the previous site owners.

“Unfortunately, due to the current post-Brexit climate, it is proving extremely challenging to secure reliable, professional and experienced contractors for emergency call-outs. Additionally, the industry is experiencing various shortages in unit and building materials.

“Shadwell Park is in the process of acquiring new second hand units for the site which should be available in December 2021.”

When contacted, the previous site owners, Hills Brothers Residential and Leisure Parks, said: “We have nothing to comment. The issues have nothing to do with us since we no longer own the site.”