Mum fears home is sinking

AN angry Ipswich mum today blasted housing bosses after claiming she has forked out thousands fixing her crumbling home.

Tom Potter

AN angry Ipswich mum today blasted housing bosses after claiming she has forked out thousands fixing her crumbling home.

Fed-up Susan Daniels has been demanding Ipswich Borough Council complete structural work on her house ever since cracks started appearing in the walls the day she moved in.

In January she appeared in The Evening Star after returning from a family holiday to find the cracks had doubled in number and size and that doors around the house were jammed shut.

Ipswich Borough Council promised at the time to carry out a survey on the walls of the property and consider appropriate methods of repairs.

But the 35-year-old mother-of-three says she has watched her Queen's Way home slowly slip into the ground and that not enough has been done to combat the cause of the damage, which she claims she has forked out �5,000 patching up.

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She said: “Doors around the house refuse to open and close properly and the cracks keep getting bigger.”

She said she either wants the repairs done or she wants to be moved and the council compensate her for the work she has done.

Ms Daniels originally reported the cracks to Anglian Water who discovered a leak in a mains water supply running between her and her neighbour's property.

A hole was then dug and repair work to the pipe carried out - but the leak had caused more lasting damage to the house itself.

Ms Daniels has enlisted the services of two independent surveyors so far this year, both of whom have suggested the problems are down to the house actually moving.

A council spokesperson said: “We are in regular contact with Ms Daniels.

“With her agreement we have employed a surveyor and will be following any recommendations in that survey.”

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