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.
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)
Area of agricultural land
Other land including property, highways etc.
Number of Pumping Stations
Area dependant on pumping
Town and villages in area
Snaith, Cowick East and West, Pollington
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.
Organisational chart (pdf 214kb opens in new window)
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 10 October 2017.
The Institute Little London Lane West Cowick DN14 9EG
Yes. Minutes from Board meetings are available to view for 12 months following publication.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (01482) 395650
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
Byelaws 2013 (pdf 145kb opens in new window)
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.
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)
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
Telephone: (01482) 395650
Cowick and Snaith Internal Drainage Board East Riding of Yorkshire Council Room BS109 County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA
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)
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)
IDBs are legally obliged to publish a statement of accounts for the preceding year; these are renewed annually following auditing procedures.
Cowick and Snaith annual accounts 2014-15 (pdf 103kb opens in new window)
Cowick and Snaith Financial Regulations (pdf 410kb opens in new window)
Cowick and Snaith annual report (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
You can view the annual return for the Cowick and Snaith IDB below:
Cowick and Snaith IDB unaudited annual return 2016-17 (pdf 97kb opens in a 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 2015-16 (pdf 29kb opens in new window)
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 2017-2018 (pdf 154kb opens in new window)
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'.
Currently the Environment Agency are carrying out repair and refurbishment works to the flood embankments at Snaith.
The first phase was started in the late summer and autumn of 2014 at Ferry Lane and Marsh Drain. Work then stopped in early December to avoid increased costs of working during bad weather.
The second phase of this work is due to resume towards the end of February 2015.
There are 4 key areas of work:
Whilst work is being carried out, contractors will:
For more detailed information on the works being carried out you can view the Environment Agency document below:
Environment agency - Snaith newsletter - works at Snaith Ings (pdf 299kb opens in new window)
You can find out more by contacting the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Management team:
Environment Agency Flood Risk Advisor Alice Hearne: Telephone: (0113) 819 6753 Email: email@example.com
Scheme Project Manager Tim Cobb: Telephone: (0113) 819 6223 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should consider ways you can prepare for flooding by making a flood plan.
A plan can help you find ways to reduce the impact of flooding to your home, business and community and will contain clear steps to follow in the event of a flood as well as listing important contact numbers during an emergency.
HEPS - flooding (external partnership website)
GOV.UK - Environment Agency – Prepare for a flood (external website)
The Environment Agency offers a flood warning service for communities at risk from the River Aire, including Snaith, Gowdall, East Cowick and West Cowick. It is a free service providing advance warning of flooding 24 hours a day by telephone, mobile, fax, text message or email.
To sign up for this service, find out if you are at risk and obtain advice and guidance on how to prepare for flooding, visit the Environment Agency website:
GOV.UK - Check if you're at risk of flooding (external website)
Or contact the Environment Agency floodline on:
Telephone: Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Cowick and Snaith is currently holding an election (which takes place every three years) to elect nine members of the internal drainage board. You can view the related public notices below:
Cowick and Snaith election notification (pdf 36kb opens in new window)
Cowick and Snaith register of electors notice 2015 (pdf 15kb opens in new window)
Cowick and Snaith Internal Drainage Board election signed declaration (pdf 253kb opens in new window)