INFORMATION FOR LAND OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS ABOUT NOTICES OF ENTRY

Internal Drainage Boards in Somerset only own very small areas of land so most maintenance or improvement works are undertaken on land owned by individuals, partnerships, companies or organisations. The legislation under which internal drainage boards were created provides us with permissive powers to undertake works. It not only provides us with statutory powers to enter onto land to undertake works but also to purchase land even if it is...

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New Parrett and Axe Brue Drainage Board maps available on our website

We have recently updated our mapping pages on our website. You can now look to see the locations of Board maintained watercourses or viewed rhynes in relation to your own land or property. In order to make the maps more user friendly we have divided them up into Parishes and included Board Boundaries and other important features. Click here to visit our map pages Example of one of the new...

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MAINTENANCE OF RIPARIAN WATERCOURSES OR PRIVATE DITCHES

If you own land adjoining, above or with a watercourse running through it you have certain rights and responsibilities. In legal terms you are a ‘riparian owner’. If you rent the land, you should agree with the owner who will manage these rights and responsibilities. Included within the list of responsibilities is the requirement to keep the banks and bed clear of anything that could cause an obstruction and increased flood risk. You are...

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