A MOYROSS mother of four says she is “in despair” at having to look after her children in a three bedroom house.
But for the last five years, she has been begging City Council and Regeneration for a move to a bigger house.
She has revealed how her 18-month old baby Brian is forced to share a bedroom with her eldest son, Jordan, 13.
With Jordan suffering from fits due to his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, she says none of her children have enjoyed a peaceful nights sleep in months. Now, with a fifth child on the way, Serinna has said enough is enough.
And she has started a Facebook campaign to bring families in similar positions together.
When she moved to Cliona Park five years ago, Dalgaish Park-born Serinna says she faced a series of problems - and is fearful these have not completely cleared up.
“When we moved in here, the condition of this house was deplorable. There was no plaster - it was only last year we were able to plaster the front room. The heating was installed incorrectly, which meant the pipes were blocked up at the side. When the kids were going to bed at night, the smoke was coming up along the pipes and into the kids bedroom. They were in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning for a year and a half,” she said.
Serinna, who arranged a 90 minute meeting with Mayor Jim Long - insists she wants to remain in Moyross, where she acts as fundraiser for the local soccer team.
“But I have been left in despair, constantly wanting to have a home around me, and constantly wanting to have a place where kids call home. A place where they can settle into bed at night without the aggravation of all the kids being upset. Having a 13 year old, and an 18-month-old sleeping in the same room is just wrong. It is just not on,” she said.
Serinna started the campaign because she knows other families out there have the same stresses and fears: “They have fought the corporation and got nowhere.”