AN angry Greenock social housing tenant is facing a fight with housing bosses to get rid of cavity wall insulation which has caused dampness to spread across every room in his house.

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Fed-up Robert Cassidy says he repeatedly raised the alarm with River Clyde Homes about the problems in his house after it was installed about three years ago.

He now lives in a house riddled with damp, despite assurances that it would be removed.

Now local Councillor Tommy McVey, who recently put a motion before the council criticising River Clyde Homes' record on repairs, has stepped in to try to get the work carried out as promised.

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Retired Robert, 74, who lives in Sutherland Road, said: "I have been told about eight times that they are coming to remove it, but they either don't turn up or they come to inspect it again. The wall insulation needs to be taken out.

"I have lived in this house for 30 years without a problem. Since the insulation went in about three years ago, I have had nothing but problems ever since.

"They have come here to paint over it, but what is the point if it is going to happen again?

"I have tried to be patient but you go on the phone and someone talks over you and doesn't listen to what you are saying.

"I waited one day for someone to turn up and nobody came. I have kept a record of every call."

He reacted with fury when he was recently let down by contractors and they failed to turn up.

Cllr McVey said: "It is farcical, and a disgraceful way to treat people.

"I have been given assurances that the work would be carried out and it never happens. The contractors don't even turn up.

"Now they are sending out inspectors again, to agree a programme of work that has already been agreed.

"They know what the issue is, the insulation needs taken out and renewed. If they don't do it, it will get worse and they will need to do more repairs."

The Telegraph contacted River Clyde Homes about Robert's case.

A spokesman added: “We are aware of the issues within Mr Cassidy’s property and apologise for the ongoing situation.

"Due to the nature of the external works required, Home Fix Scotland have contacted a specialist contractor to deal with the cavity wall and once this work is complete, all necessary internal repairs will be undertaken.”