Woman’s bedroom ceiling caves in after six years waiting for roof repairs

A woman claims her bedroom ceiling caved in after Renfrewshire Council failed to fix her roof SIX YEARS ago.

Yvonne Cochrane has lived in the upper-floor flat on Glenburn Crescent, Paisley for the last 17 years.

She is a Renfrewshire Council tenant along with one other resident of the four-in-a-block.

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When a roof tile blew off the rear of the building six years ago, Renfrewshire Council said it couldn’t be replaced as they couldn’t agree a price with the two private owners.

Six years on the damage has become so severe that the ceiling has collapsed in the back bedroom of her flat and water is getting right inside the building.

Yvonne, 50, has epilepsy and the lung condition COPD and said the conditions she’s living in are making her health worse.

She told the Express: The water is all coming in from the gutter, it’s never been cleared. There are big cracks right down the building.

“The roof tile came off six years ago above the back bedroom. I was told I couldn’t get a replacement because the neighbours wouldn’t pay for it.

“The walls are wet and it’s not good for my health, my breathing is affected.

“The ceiling came right down and landed on my bed.”

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Yvonne phoned Renfrewshire Council on October 30 when the ceiling came in and was told an inspector would come out on November 25.

“They said that’s the first appointment they’ve got,” Yvonne explained.

“If they’d replaced the missing tile six years ago this wouldn’t have happened.

“I’ve just had enough of this. They have to give me a new roof or a new house.”

A spokesman for Renfrewshire Council said an emergency repair had been carried out in early November.

He said: “We’re sorry to hear of the incident and the impact on the tenant. Our housing repairs team responded immediately when the incident was reported to us and an emergency roof repair was carried out on November 3.

“The tenant has been advised a repairs officer is attending on November 25 to inspect the ceiling damage and arrange for the internal repairs and can also consider the guttering issue raised by the tenant, who can contact our customer service centre for further advice and assistance.”

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Daily Record – Paisley