Cowick and Snaith Internal Drainage Board

This IDB oversees 1483 hectares of land around Cowick, Snaith and Pollington; they maintain 28km of watercourses, some of which takes the water from the M62, all water falling within the board area has to be pumped into either the River Aire to the North or River Don to the South via 3 pumping stations.

What area is managed by the Cowick and Snaith IDB?

A map of the area managed by the Cowick and Snaith Internal Drainage Board can be viewed in the Board Area Plan pdf below.

Board Area Plan (pdf 1mb opens in new window)



1,483 ha

Length of maintained Watercourses

28 km

Area of agricultural land

1,170 ha

Other land including property, highways etc.

214 ha

Number of Pumping Stations


Area dependant on pumping

1,644 ha

Town and villages in area

Snaith, Cowick East and West, Pollington

Cowick and Snaith IDB area information

Who makes decisions within the IDB?

An IDB Board is made up of people who have an interest in the operation of watercourses and flood risk in an area. This is usually local landowners and councillors. The board makes decisions on a vote basis; these decisions are made in the best interest of the board area and its inhabitants and can include consenting of work to watercourses, managing budgets, maintenance of board assets and planning applications within a board area.  The presence of the board means that all monies and funds have to be carefully accounted for and are published in a clear way to any interested parties to view.

Cowick and Snaith Board Members

 Member  Member Status  District / Council
 Mr. P. Cooper  Elected Chairman  District
 Mr. E. Bayston  Elected Vice-Chair  District
 Mr T. Bayston  Elected  District
 Mr. C.W. Bayston  Elected  District
 Mr. R.P. Kealey  Elected  District
 Mr. I A.S. Wood  Elected  District
 Mr R. Thompson  Elected  District
 Mr S. D. Wood  Elected  District
 Mr A. Wood  Elected  District
Sarah Saxelby  Nominated  East Riding of Yorkshire Council
 Cllr. John Barrett  Nominated  East Riding of Yorkshire Council
 Vacancy (x8)  Nominated  East Riding of Yorkshire Council


 Organisational chart (pdf 214kb opens in new window)

How often do meetings take place to discuss IDB matters?

Meetings of the Board take place four times a year, however should the need arrive extra meetings can be added.

The next meeting is:

2pm on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

The Institute
Little London Lane
West Cowick
DN14 9EG

Can I view minutes from previous board meetings?

Yes. Minutes from Board meetings are available to view for 12 months following publication.

Can the public take part in or raise issues for discussion at meetings?

Yes. Board meetings are open to the public and press and they may speak at a meeting on the invitation of the chairman.

If a member of the public does wish to have a matter brought to the board, to ensure the board can answer any questions, they can, if they wish, contact the clerk to the board to discuss the matter prior to the meeting.

Mike Ball, Clerk and Engineer to the Board
Email:  adoc@eastriding.gov.uk
Tel: (01482) 395650

What are byelaws and what powers exist under the authority of the IDB?

Byelaws are documents which are written by the board and passed by the Secretary of State. These documents look to control works and activities undertaken by others affecting watercourses within its drainage district within the Land Drainage Act 1991

The byelaws:

  • Permit the board to carry out work to control the rate of surface water run-off from development sites into the Drainage District (area covered by the IDB)
  • Allow boards to determine the proximity of any building or structure to a watercourse
  • Allow boards to make decisions regarding any works, in, over, under or adjacent to a watercourse via consenting
  • Allow boards to charge a fixed fee for consenting works.

Byelaws 2013 (pdf 145kb opens in new window)

Do I need to apply for permission to carry out any activity that may affect a watercourse?

Yes. Consent under the above Land Drainage Act 1991 is required for the erection, construction or alteration of any of the following works:

(a) A mill dam, weir or other like obstruction to the flow in any watercourse

(b) A culvert that would be likely to affect the flow in any watercourse

(c) Any other structure, in, over or under a watercourse

(d) Any structure or building on or near the bank of a watercourse. 

How to apply for consent

To apply for consent to work near under or within a watercourse you will need to fill out the application form below and return it to the Clerk of The Board 

Cowick and Snaith consent form 2014 (word 80kb opens in new window)

Consent form guidance notes (pdf 325kb opens in new window)

How long it takes to get a decision and who makes the decision

Once an application is received it will be presented to the board along with any supporting evidence given by the applicant. The board members will then (along with the clerk and engineer) discuss the impact of any works on the watercourse and whether it will increase flood risk and/or cause future maintenance problems.

Decisions are usually taken at board meetings, however, it may be possible for decisions to be made at any time depending on the nature of the application.

Environmental considerations (pdf 211kb opens in new window)

If in doubt please contact the below officers with any enquiries:

Mike Ball, Clerk and Engineer to the Board

Richard Syed-Hessel, Deputy Clerk and Engineer to the Board

Email: adoc@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 395650

Cowick and Snaith Internal Drainage Board
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Room BS109
County Hall
HU17 9BA

Where can I view ‘standing orders’?

Standing orders are the regulations a board sets out in order to run its business.

This ensures that the board is run in a clear and transparent way. The standing order has to be passed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Cowick and Snaith standing orders (pdf 96kb opens in new window)

Where can I view the code of conduct that IDB board members have to follow?

The code of conduct is a document which sets out the rules and regulations for members of the board, as with the standing orders, this states how board members can operate in a fair and transparent manner. This applies to topics such as, responsibilities of board members, use of public funds, the acceptance of gifts and members interests in any board business.

Cowick and Snaith members code of conduct (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

Where can I view  the annual return for the Cowick and Snaith IDB?

You can view the annual return for the Cowick and Snaith IDB below:

Cowick and Snaith audited annual return 2016-2017 (pdf 1.5mb opens in new window)

Below you can view a notice explaining elector's rights to view council meeting accounts such as the annual return for this IDB: 

Cowick and Snaith notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual return - year ending 31 March 2017 (pdf 48kb opens in new window) 

You can view a 'notice of conclusion of the audit and right to inspect the annual return' below:  

Cowick and Snaith notice of conclusion of audit 2016-2017 (pdf 31kb opens in new window)

Can I view the board budget and rate for the year?

Yes, the current section 48 notice stating the board budget and rate for the year can be viewed below:

Cowick and Snaith section 48 notice 2018-2019 (pdf 18kb opens in new window)

What is a section 48 notice?

Each January the budget for the forthcoming year is agreed and from this, the rate to be collected from landowners and the special levy from the local authority can be set. This is then to be published as a 'section 48 notice'.

Where can I find latest news and public notices relating to Cowick and Snaith IDB?

A Public Sector Corporation Agreement has been signed off between The Board and East Riding of Yorkshire Council for three years.

Last Updated: Monday, 05 February 2018