Rationalising the Main River Network (RMRN): Isle of Axholme (Snow Sewer) De-maining Pilot Proposals

Closed 23 Jul 2018

Opened 25 Jun 2018

Results Updated 20 Aug 2018

We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation and the preceding public drop-ins and meetings.

Our response to the consultation feedback can be viewed in the consultation response document below.

The feedback has been vital and will inform our decision on how we plan to proceed in transferring responsibilities in these locations and also the approach we take across England in the future.

If we decide to proceed with de-maining we will publish a Decision Notice on .GOV.UK and in local newspapers in each of the pilot locations. We will also notify people who have responded to the consultation and provided us with an email address.

If anyone disagrees with the decision to de-main they can challenge the decision by email or in writing to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) within 6 weeks of the publication of the Notice.

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Overview

The Environment Agency want to enable local decision making for communities, internal drainage boards (IDBs), lead local flood authorities (LLFAs) and district councils to take responsibility for their local flood risk where they want to, and where appropriate.

We are proposing to transfer the management of flood risk on some rivers to other risk management authorities (RMAs). Consultation is now taking place in the Isle of Axholme, North Lincolnshire, East Midlands for the de-maining of Snow Sewer.

The Environment Agency is proposing to transfer responsibility of the above watercourse and associated assets to the Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Level Management Board IDB (IOANNWLMB). This will result in this stretch of river being removed from the statutory main river map. It will be re-designated as ordinary watercourse, with flood risk management activities passing to the relevant internal drainage board.

We prioritise maintenance activities based on flood risk to people and property, and focus management at locations with high flood risk. This means that some main river watercourses, deemed at low risk of flooding, can suffer from intermittent funding.

The maintenance responsibilities of riverside (riparian) landowners would not change. The permissive powers to undertake maintenance on the watercourse would be transferred to the internal drainage board. They will only use these powers where they deem it necessary to supplement the maintenance required of riparian landowners and have the funding to do so.

We are consulting to get feedback from the public, including all of those individuals, groups and organisations who are affected by or interested in our proposals. We welcome everyone’s views.

This consultation sets out all of the information on our proposals. It explains how the proposed section of watercourse are currently managed and funded and provides details on future management and funding, if de-maining does or doesn’t take place.

On 26 October 2017 and 31 October 2017 we held public drop-in sessions at Owston Ferry and Haxey to discuss our proposal. These sessions were carried out in partnership with Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Level Management Board IDB and allowed communities and stakeholders to provide comments or raise questions on the proposals.

We have also met and/or consulted with North Lincolnshire County Council, Doncaster East IDB, Owston Ferry Parish Councils, Haxey Parish Councils, Natural England, NFU, RSPB and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. All of the information made available on our proposal during the public drop-in sessions is presented in this consultation document.

Why We Are Consulting

We are consulting to get feedback from all of those individuals, groups and organisations, who are affected by, or interested in, our proposals. We welcome everyone’s views.

We will take into account all of the consultation responses received, along with all of the other important considerations, before deciding whether to proceed with the proposal.

We will publish all of the consultation feedback in a summary document on the GOV.UK website and on Citizen Space within 12 weeks of the end date of the consultation.

If we decide to proceed with de-maining we will publish a “proposal for designation change” notice on .GOV.UK and in local newspapers. Anyone can challenge the decision to de-main by email or in writing to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) within 6 weeks of the publication of the Notice.

What Happens Next

We will take into account all of the consultation responses received, along with all of the other important considerations, before deciding whether to proceed with the proposal.

In each location, if de-maining is approved by the Environment Agency Board, we will publish our decision in the form of a ‘Decision for Designation Change’ Notice on the gov.uk website and in local newspapers.

Anyone who is unhappy with the decision can raise an objection by email or in writing to Defra within six weeks of the publication of the Notice.

Audiences

  • IDBs
  • Local authorities
  • District and parish councils
  • Environmental bodies
  • Land owners
  • Farming associations
  • Drainage associations
  • RFCCs
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Water companies
  • Members of the public
  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Community groups
  • Flood action groups

Interests

  • Flood management
  • Fishing and boating
  • Water resources
  • Water quality
  • Habitats and wildlife
  • Permits
  • Environmental permitting