Newtongrange couple can’t take new baby home

Alison Lyles with her newborn baby daughter who she can't take home to her Newtongrange home due to delays to extension work she said was caused by Scottish Water
Alison Lyles with her newborn baby daughter who she can't take home to her Newtongrange home due to delays to extension work she said was caused by Scottish Water

A couple claim a pipe mix up by Scottish Water has left them £800 out of pocket and unable to take their newborn baby girl home.

NHS dietician Alison Lyles (33) and teacher James Stewart (34) say they have been without a functioning kitchen at their Newtongrange home for eight weeks.

Since the birth of their second child, Ruby, last week, they have had to decamp to their parents’ houses.

Alison and James began work on an extension to their home in August.

Three days into the work their builders unearthed a pipe, which Scottish Water identified as a live water main and told them they would have to divert it away from the extension.

Three weeks later Scottish Water told them the pipe was in fact a gas pipe. However, Scottish Gas ruled that out and discovered that the pipe was empty.

The couple say all the extra work cost them £800.

Alison said: “My husband and I have been dragged through an extremely stressful and emotional period.

“Our house is not fit for the arrival of our newborn baby girl as a result of Scottish Water’s incompetence and obstruction of allowing us to progress with the work.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “Scottish Water is aware of the matter. We are currently investigating and awaiting information from the homeowners.”

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