Land drains or watercourses include all rivers, streams, ditches, cuts, culverts (piped sections), dykes, sluices and passages through which water flows.
Responsibility for watercourses rests with property and landowners with watercourses crossing or abutting their land. Where a watercourse is between property boundaries, each owner is jointly responsible.
The Council is able to offer advice about problems associated with land drainage, including ditches, streams, rivers and other watercourses. It is the land owners responsibility (upon whose land the watercourse is located) to carry out maintenance work. Works to watercourses will often require the consent of the Environment Agency.