Rationalising the Main River Network (RMRN): Stour Marshes De-maining Pilot Proposals

Closed 12 Feb 2018

Opened 15 Jan 2018

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Overview

The Environment Agency (EA) want to strengthen local decision making by enabling 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 Stour Marshes Pilot for the following watercourses:  

  • The Lampen Stream from Burnt House Hill to the penstock structure in Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve
  • The Minster Stream from West Monkton Stop to the Ramsgate Road culvert
  • The Richborough Stream from Ash Level Feed to Richborough Sluice
  • The Great Stour from Burnt Mill to Little Chart road bridge
  • The Gosshall Stream from the Cooper Street Drove to Cooper Street Pumping Station and from Fleet Stop west of Richborough Farm to the confluence of the Gosshall Stream
  • The Shelvingford Arm from Meadow Farm to Boyden Gate road culvert
  • The General Valley Feed Dyke at West Stourmouth
  • The southern arms of the North and South Stream and Broad Dyke at Northbourne.
  • Sparrows Bridge Loop, north of Wye
  • The Hogwell Sewer from Brook Farm to the confluence with the North Stream

The EA is proposing to transfer responsibility of all of the above watercourses to the River Stour (Kent) IDB. This will result in these stretches of river being removed from the statutory main river map. They will be re-designated as ordinary watercourses, with flood risk management activities passing to the River Stour (Kent) IDB.  You can view an interactive map of the proposed changes by clicking here.

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 watercourses would be transferred to River Stour (Kent) IDB. 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.

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

You can also download the Stour Marshes consultation document by clicking here.

We held public drop-in sessions on 4 October 2017 at Minster Village Hall, 19 October 2017 at Little Chart Village Hall and 25 October 2017 at Great Mongeham Village Hall. We have also met and consulted with Ashford Borough Council, Dover District Council, Thanet District Council, the East Kent Catchment Improvement Partnership, the Parish Council Forum and the Ashford Water Group.

All of the information made available on our proposals during the public drop-in sessions is presented in this consultation, and feedback has helped shape the final proposal.

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.

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.

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