Son lifts the lid on 'rogue' water main in garden
A MAN with plans to build a granny annexe on his Bradley Stoke home is calling on developers to help pay to re-route the water mains.
Mark Smallcombe has already had an offer of help from Bristol Water to move the pipe, which he believes should not be running through his garden on Allen Hay Road.
Original plans for Mr Smallcombe's home, built by Bloor Homes in 1992, show pipework running alongside the plot.
But the reality is that pipes run straight under his planned annexe, being built to help care for his 71-year-old mother Rosalie, who has dementia.
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Mr Smallcombe, 46, was quoted £5,530 to have the pipe moved under a public walkway.
But after hearing of Mr Smallcombe's story and his plans to care for his mother, Bristol Water offered to pay for 30 per cent of the cost – despite the pipe being laid almost 20 years before the homes were built.
And now he is calling on Bloor Homes, whom he claims are at fault for including the route of the pipe in his land, to contribute.
He told The Post he wanted to provide his mother the care she needs to deal with her worsening condition.
He said: "All I am trying to do is look after my mother. Since my father passed away I only have her but now she is starting to suffer and will eventually need full-time care.
"I feel like it's just me left to look after her and I don't want to send her into a home at the taxpayers' expense where everyone is paying."
He added that he has no documents which suggest that the pipe should, officially, be there.
He said: "Since the water board instructed me over this I have looked back but there is nothing I can find which says it is on my property."
Through his correspondences with Bristol Water Mr Smallcombe has been offered help by the company's network district manager, Adam Hobbs. In a letter he has promised to pay for 30 per cent as a "goodwill gesture".
Spokeswoman for Bristol Water Janice Saunders said the case was not to be considered a precedent.
She said: "In this instance we first found out about the pipe from Mr Smallcombe's application.
"Obviously in this case someone is unwell and we want to help get this development sorted in time.
"But this is an unusual case and Mr Smallcombe has gone down all the right avenues."
Chris Ward, spokesman for Bloor Homes, has offered Mr Smallcombe the chance to speak with the managing director over his predicament.
He said: "Bloor Homes South West is very sorry to hear about your reader's predicament.
"If Mr Smallcombe would care to send details of the circumstances involved, Bloor Homes South West will do its utmost to investigate the situation with a view to arriving at a helpful solution."