The environment agency is looking to abolish internal drainage boards (IDBs) in eight areas of West Sussex and Kent.

Where an IDB is not replaced, the responsibility for maintenance will fall on the owners of land near the water course (riparian owners). So whilst any levy previously imposed by the IDB will be removed, these landowners are likely to see their costs increase. If you are affected, we suggest representations are made to the EA to put the watercourse into repair before any responsibility is transferred.

If a landowner is not a riparian owner (please get in touch if you need advice on this), they may benefit from the abolition of any levy and are unlikely to acquire any new maintenance obligations.