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Consultation for new land drainage bylaws

Consultation for new land drainage bylaws

16 May 2016
Riverbank flowers

Public consultation starts on 16 May for Wokingham Borough Council’s proposed land drainage bylaws, to help prevent flooding across the Wokingham Borough.


After the consultation finishes on 27 June the council will apply to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to approve the bylaws which would, for the first time, create criminal offences which can be prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Courts.


The bylaws would, for example, regulate flow changes in watercourses, obstructions, vegetation, and damage to river banks, to help the council carry out its duties as both a highways authority and lead local flood authority.


“The risk of flooding and the impact of major new developments are matters of concern to very many residents and businesses in our borough,” said Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for the environment.


“While we always hope to be able to persuade those who do not act responsibly to rectify issues, it is useful to have powers available if action is needed. 


“This is why I urge those who are potentially affected by flooding to read and comment on these bylaws.”


Read the proposed bylaws on the council’s website. 


During the six-week consultation a hard copy of the proposed bylaws will be available for the public to view at the main reception of the council’s Shute End offices, on weekdays 9am to 5pm.

Copies of the proposed bylaws are also available by emailing: flooding@wokingham.gov.uk or by calling (0118) 974 6000 and asking to speak to a flood risk officer.


Comments, including any formal objections, should be made in writing and emailed to: flooding@wokingham.gov.uk, or posted to Heather Thwaites: Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH, by the close of play on 27 June.