Aire Don and Ouse consortium of Internal Drainage Boards

The consortium is made up of four IDBs: Cowick and Snaith, Rawcliffe, Reedness and Swinefleet and Dempster IDBs oversee the drainage of 5623 hectares of land (13894 Acres) bounded by the River Aire, River Don and River Ouse. 

Who are the Aire, Don and Ouse Consortium?

The Aire, Don and Ouse Consortium of Drainage Boards (ADO Consortium) are made up of four separate Internal Drainage Boards: Cowick and Snaith, Rawcliffe, Reedness and Swinefleet and Dempster.

What is the role of the consortium?

The consortium’s role is to assist with the organisation of the individual boards, as many of the landowners and tenants have land within the four board areas and the consortium assist with making decisions that will affect the boards as a whole, but also to come together to use this as a means of saving some costs by, amongst other things, using the same Clerk and Engineer.

Who makes consortium decisions?

Each of the four boards sits at Consortium meetings.  This usually comprises of each Board’s Chairman and Vice Chairmen as well as the Clerk and Engineer. Queries can then be taken back to each board’s meetings for a board vote if required.

What is an Internal Drainage Board (IDB)?

An Internal Drainage Board is a local public authority established in areas of special drainage need in England and Wales. They have permissive powers to manage water levels within their respective drainage districts. IDBs undertake works to reduce flood risk to people and property and manage water levels to meet local needs.

Today, there are 114 Internal Drainage Boards in Great Britain, 113 in England and 3 in Wales (2 IDBs cross the border). IDBs cover 1.2 million hectares of England (9.7% of the total land area of the country) and 28,500 hectares of Wales (1.4% of the total land area of the country).

You can read more about IDBs in the two documents below:

Introduction to Internal Drainage Boards (pdf 3mb opens in new window)

A vision for Internal Drainage Boards (pdf 4mb opens in new window) 

What kind of projects do IDBs manage?

Each IDB has permissive powers to undertake work to provide water level management within their Internal Drainage District (IDD), undertaking works to reduce flood risk to people and property and manage water levels for local needs.

Much of their work involves the maintenance of rivers, drainage channels, outfalls and pumping stations, facilitating drainage of new developments and advising on planning applications. They also have statutory duties with regard to the environment and recreation when exercising their permissive powers.

How can I contact the consortium of IDBs?

Any enquiries can be directed to the two officers listed below or to the main email address.

Email: adoc@eastriding.gov.uk

Mike Ball - Clerk and Engineer: 
Telephone: (01482) 395650

Richard Syed - Deputy Clerk and Engineer:
Telephone: (01482) 395676

Postal Address:
Aire Don and Ouse Consortium of Internal Drainage Boards,
East Riding of Yorkshire Council,
Room BS109,
County Hall,
HU17 9BA

Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 August 2017