We, as some may know, are self building a bungalow on land at the rear of our house.
During the digging of the footings we came across a 4 inch water main crossing the middle of the site. All work has stopped to sort it out.
Anglian Water were contacted about the matter. We were advised that they could divert the water main around the new building. The cost for this service would be £15,419.94. They would dig all the trenches, supply and lay the pipes make all the connections etc.
After picking ourselves up we asked if we could employ our own contractors to undertake the bulk of the work with AW joining the pipes when necessary. The reply has just come back.
I paraphrase - Yes we can employ our own contractors to dig the trenches and lay all the pipes. AW must, however, connect the old pipe to the new pipe and test the pressure etc. The cost for this connection service would be £14,148.98"
Anyone know if they can get away with this?
Someone has suggested that the pipe belonging to AW is on our land and that we should check if they have the legal right to be there. There is nothing on our deeds, as far as we know, about any wayleave or easement. We did have one for an electricity pylon but nothing for water mains.
Am in shock