Dad fears for son’s safety in damp council house after brick fell from ceiling

A disabled dad is battling the council over fears for his and his young son’s safety after a brick fell from a ceiling.

William Cameron, who suffered a stroke just three weeks ago, is terrified of having his three-year-old child at home because of the danger.

The dad-of-one, who also has Crohn’s Disease, says he is living in a damp and dangerous flat and has been urging the council to fix a gaping hole in his bathroom ceiling for more than a year.

The damage in the bathroom – which was caused by water leaking from a waste pipe in property above – is regularly tripping the 46-year-old’s electricity.

William is also awaiting a life-changing operation to help manage his condition but now fears for his health due to the state of the property.

He said: “This is draining the life out of me. All I want to do is spend time with my son but I can’t even have him in my house.

“A brick fell from the ceiling and I am too scared to have him in the house in case he gets hurt.

“My health is deteriorating and this is just making it worse.

“I’m waiting on an operation and if I get it, I have to come back here and live with a wound that I need to keep clean.

“How am I supposed to do that here?”

William, from Paisley, says the saga began before the pandemic and despite numerous attempts to contact the housing department, no repairs have been carried out.

He claims to have had numerous phone calls and visits from housing officers, with workmen sent to inspect the property.

While the year-long fight has been ongoing, William says his health has been deteriorating rapidly, having been admitted to hospital roughly 50 times in the last year.

He regularly undergoes gruelling treatments and courses of medication to manage his condition, which has left him being unable to eat for weeks.

And just three weeks ago he suffered a stroke and has now been left with limited movement on his left side.

He said: “I feel like this is killing me. It’s just going on and on and nothing is being done. They are trying to tell me that this house is liveable but it is ridiculous.

“An inspector came out on Monday and couldn’t give me any kind of update at all. It’s just not good enough.

“They are making me out like I’m an idiot. How can anyone look at the state of it and think it is safe for me to be in?”

The frustrated dad – who has lived at the property for nine years – relies on benefits as he is unable to work, and also says he has been left penniless as a result of the damage.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “We apologise for the time taken to resolve the issues at this address but can reassure Mr Cameron these will be fixed as soon as possible. Our officers had previously tried to visit the property on more than one occasion but had been unable to get access to the flat. They visited the property again this week and this time were able to carry out an inspection.

“We are aware of the issues with water ingress from the flat above and have taken steps to access the adjacent flat to stop the source of the leak.

“In terms of Mr Cameron’s flat we will make all necessary repairs, including checking the electrics, checking for any rot, and carrying out any repairs needed to the walls and ceilings.”