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Arthritic gran in soaked flat

PUBLISHED: 14:25 19 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich grandmother who claimed to have had water streaming through her bathroom

ceiling, said it was just one more episode in a four-year saga of misery.

AN Ipswich grandmother who claimed to have had water streaming through her bathroom

ceiling, said it was just one more episode in a four-year saga of misery.

Sandra Mann spoke of her anger at having to live in her Woodhouse Square flat in what she said were unacceptable conditions that were ruining her health.

Mrs Mann, 54, said her ground-floor flat has been the subject of a series of water-related problems that allegedly stemmed from the privately-owned flat above her.

"Water has been streaming through my bathroom ceiling and down the wall. It has passed through the brickwork and spread to my dining room,'' she went on.

"The plywood on the floor has split and pushed the tiles off and the wallpaper has started to peel away in my dining room.''

Mrs Mann contacted both Ipswich Borough Council, which is responsible for her flat and Mason's lettings agency, who are looking after the vacant flat above her, but was dissatisfied by the lack of action.

"I felt that both parties were passing the buck,'' she declared. "It has been two weeks since I first noticed the problem and the water was only turned off on Monday.

"I suffer with arthritis in my spine and the cold and damp is aggravating it."

Because the flat above Mrs Mann is privately-owned, she said it was difficult to get the problems sorted out.

A borough council spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the problems and have been chasing the lettings agency. It is difficult, as we do not own the property.

"The council will be doing its part and has every intention of putting Mrs Mann's flat right once it has dried out."

A spokesman for Mason's lettings agency said: "The problem has not been going on for two weeks. A new toilet cistern was fitted on Tuesday."

Mrs Mann said: "It's got to the stage now that I have asked to be put on the council's transfer list.''

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