Family’s concerns at their crumbling home

Paul Reed of Newbold-on-Avon, lives in a semi-detached - and the house next door is collapsing, causing him all sorts of problems.
Paul Reed of Newbold-on-Avon, lives in a semi-detached - and the house next door is collapsing, causing him all sorts of problems.

THE ground underneath parts of Newbold may be drying up and causing homes to become unstable.

One family have already been forced out of their home while their former next door neighbours are worried they may have to leave before Christmas. As the ground dries up it could be affecting the homes’ foundations and causing cracking along walls and ceilings.

The landlord, Rugby Borough Council, has said the problems could be caused by ground conditions, but that this wasn’t yet known for sure.

Paul Reed, of Meadow Street, is worried for his family’s safety after walls began bulging and cracks began appeared all over the house throughout the past five months.

Mr Reed said: “I can’t believe things have got so bad, so quickly.

“Cracks have just appeared from nowhere and spread across the whole house. I’m not entirely sure my own home is still safe to live in and it’s very worrying and frustrating.

“All I want to do here is redecorate and start planning Christmas for my family but I feel like I’m in limbo because our circumstances could change.

“Each week that passes the cracks and structural damage just get worse and it’s a big worry.”

So far cracks have appeared on walls, ceilings and on parts of the roof support. Nearly all of them have occurred within the last five months.

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “A couple of our properties are showing signs of structural problems. We suspect that ground conditions may have caused subsidence but we don’t know this for sure.

“Unfortunately the repairs needed are disruptive so we have had to move some of our tenants while we make the properties safe.

“This kind of problem is unusual, but if tenants notice anything that causes them concern they can contact us on 01788 533888.”