MUSHROOMS have become a growing concern for a fed-up South Tyneside woman.
For the last five weeks Nicole Stephenson has had funghi growing along her bathroom’s walls.
The 23-year-old has tried everything to get rid of the growth inside her flat in St Mark’s Way, Laygate, South Shields, but it won’t move.
She says South Tyneside Homes (STH) had promised to send someone out to look at the problem, but so far no one has turned up.
However, STH says officers have been out to visit the property and no one was at home – but they will return today.
Miss Stephenson, who is unemployed, said: “It’s disgusting. To start off with, they looked like proper little mushrooms. Now they’re just a horrid dark patch.
“Nothing gets rid of them, I’ve been told an officer was coming out, but they never turned up.
“I’m fed up with the mushrooms. Nobody wants these in their bathroom.”
Miss Stephenson, who has lived in her ground-floor flat for the last four years, says there’s always been a problem with damp.
She has had to battle numerous chest infections and is now concerned about her health. She said: “I have had chest infection after chest infection. The whole flat is riddled with damp, it always has been since I moved in.
“I was told that it’s all down to condensation, but I shouldn’t have to live like this.”
A spokesman for STH said: “Ms Stephenson has contacted South Tyneside Homes several times regarding damp and requesting that an inspector visit her at her property.
“Inspectors have scheduled two appointments to visit Ms Stephenson.
“However, there has been no answer on either occasion.”
An inspector has arranged to visit the property again today.