Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board

The Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board was constituted in 2012 under the Land Drainage Act 1991. It was formed by an amalgamation of four existing Drainage Boards (Lower Axe, Lower Brue, Upper Axe and Upper Brue). In July 2018 the Board underwent a reconstitution and is now comprised of 12 elected members. Additionally, there can be 13 appointed seats allocated to 3 district councils that fund a Special Levy contribution to the Board. There are currently 12 elected members and 13 appointed members. Elections take place on a three yearly cycle in the November of that year. The next election will take place in 2019. Register of Members’ Interests forms are available to view by appointment; please call 01278 789906.  Axe Brue Chair – Mr Jeff Fear.

List of elected members (from 2018-2019):

Wendy WellandSheden Croft, Berrow
Colin DurstonKnoll View, Mark
David TrattWick Farm, Lympsham
Pamela ThorneGold Corner Bungalow, East Hunstpill
Bob ClappWest Town House, Baltonsborough
Noel LukinsRed Ripple Farm, East Huntspill
Maurice WallReeds Farm, Bason Bridge
Jeff FearManor Farm, Mark
Ray AdlamLilac Farm, Westhay
Alan FranksBleak Farm, Blakeway
Charlie AingePeppercorn Farm, Wedmore
John FrostMelsbury Farm, Polsham, Wells

List of appointed members (2018):

Sedgemoor DC
Cllr Lorna Corke Cllr Roger Keen
Cllr Polly Costello Cllr Jeff Savage
Cllr John Denbee Cllr Liz Scott
Cllr Andrew Gilling Cllr John Woodman
Cllr Alison Hamlin
Cllr Dawn Hill
Cllr Will Human

Parrett Internal Drainage Board

The Parrett Internal Drainage Board was constituted in 2005 under the Land Drainage Act 1991. It underwent a reconstitution in July 2018 and is now comprised of  12 elected members. In addition 13 appointed members can be nominated to the Board by the District Councils that fund the Special Levy contribution to the Boards costs. Currently there are 12 elected and 13 appointed members. Elections to the Parrett Board take place on a three yearly cycle in the November of that year. The next election will be in 2019. Register of Members’ Interests forms are available to view by appointment; please call 01278 789906. Parrett Chair – Mr Tony Bradford.

List of elected members 2018-2019:

William BarnardKeward Farm, Pawlett
Brian RoweManor Farm, Chilton Trinity
Rebecca HorsingtonMoorland Farm, Westonzoyland
Roger BarringtonClaygate Farm, West Lyng, Taunton
Tony BradfordPeasey Farm, Bawdrip
Barrie BryerChairty Farm, Beer, Aller
David VigarBridge Farm, Henley, Langport
Roger CoombesManor Farm, Milton, Martock
James WinsladeNew House Farm, Moorland
Philip BettyNorth Lane Farm, Othery
Colin PassmoreThe Wagon House, Cannington
Mark HeywoodLongstone Farm, Aller

List of appointed members:

South Somerset DC Sedgemoor DC (11)
1   tbc Cllr Ann Bown
Cllr Michael Caswell
Cllr Ian Dyer
Cllr Anne Fraser MBE
Cllr Andrew Gilling
Cllr Dawn Hill
Cllr Janet Keen
Cllr Stuart Kingham
Cllr Rachael Lilley
Cllr Adrian Moore
Cllr Liz Perry


Elected Members

Elections for the  seats on the Board are carried out in two phases. Firstly nominations for the seats are required and if there are more candidates nominated than seats available then a poll must take place.
Nominations can only be accepted from ratepayers for ratepayers in that electoral district of that Board. There are also minimum land ownership or land occupation requirements to qualify for nomination or to be a nominee. Only the payers of agricultural drainage rates, with no outstanding drainage rate payments are eligible to vote. Ratepayers will have between 1 and 10 votes to cast for each seat depending on the size of their land holding or occupation. Other members of the public living in the area are not eligible to vote and their interests are represented by the appointed members placed on the Board by the local District Council.

Elected members can also be representatives of ratepayers. If you are an agricultural ratepayer and would like more details of the election process or becoming an elected member please contact the Clerk of your Drainage Board.

Appointed Members

Appointed members are a relatively recent addition to the makeup of Drainage Boards. Their inclusion followed the 1991 Land Drainage Act and their function is to represent the interests of the householders whose contribution to the costs of a Drainage Board is paid indirectly through their Council Tax payment. This overall payment from the District Council to the Board is termed the Special Levy. However this cost to the District Council is reduced by partial reimbursement received from central government through the revenue support grant.

To be equitable, and as there is usually more than one District Council contributing to the cost of the Special Levy, each council is allowed to nominate appointed members in proportion to their fraction of the overall cost of the Special Levy.

Qualification to be an appointed member is not restricted to councillors; anyone with knowledge and experience of matters relating to the functioning of a Board can be nominated, although it must be done through a District Council.

If you have an interest in becoming an appointed member please contact the Clerk of your local Drainage Board.