Reedness and Swinefleet Internal Drainage Board

This IDB oversees 1802 hectares of land, and it also maintains 71km of water course which also takes water from Thorne Moors and discharges to the main River Ouse.

What area is managed by the Reedness and Swinefleet IDB?

A map of the area managed by the Reedness and Swinefleet IDB can be viewed in the Board Area Plan pdf below:

 Board Area Plan (pdf 7.5mb opens in new window)

Reedness and Swinefleet IDB area information
 Area  2,081 ha
 Length of Maintained Watercourses  72km
 Area of agricultural land  1,581 ha
 Other land including property, highways etc.  500 ha
 Number of Pumping Stations  1
 Area dependent on pumping  2,081 ha
 Towns and villages in area  Reedness and Swinefleet

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.

Reedness and Swinefleet Board Members

 Member  Member Status  District / Council
 Malcolm Barker Elected Chair District
Paul Hirst Elected Vice Chair District
 Geoff Cowling Elected District
 Tony Reed Elected District
 Richard Oldridge Elected District
Ian Backhouse Elected District
 Trevor Jones Nominated East Riding of Yorkshire Council
 Liz Sargeantson Nominated  East Riding of Yorkshire Council
 Trevor Jones Nominated East Riding of Yorkshire Council
 Vacancy x1  Nominated East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Reedness and Swinefleet Organisation Chart (pdf 263kb opens in new window)

How often do meetings take place to discuss IDB matters?

Meetings of the board take place twice a year however, should the need arrive extra meetings can be added.

The next meeting is:
2pm on Monday 18th June 2018
Swinefleet Village Hall
Church Lane, Swinefleet, DN14 8DQ

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
Telephone: (01482) 395650

What are the 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. 

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.

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:

Reedness and Swinefleet consent form (word.docx 61kb opens in new window)

Consent form guidance notes (pdf 249kb opens in new window)

How long does it take 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 120kb opens in new window)

If in doubt, please contact the officers below 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
Telephone: (01482) 395650 

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

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:

Reedness and Swinefleet code of conduct (pdf 214kb opens in new window)

How can I make a complaint to the IDB?

If you wish to make a complaint, please follow the attached procedure:

Mike Ball - Clerk to the Board 

Telephone: 01482 395650
Email: adoc@eastriding.gov.uk 

By filling out the complaints form below which can be downloaded and printed from the website or posted to you by request:

Reedness and Swinefleet Complaints procedure (pdf 531kb opens in new window)

Reedness and Swinefleet Complaints form (pdf 295kb 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:

Reedness and Swinefleet IDB section48 notice (pdf 19kb opens in a 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 84 Notice'. 

Where can I find latest news and public notices relating to Reedness and Swinefleet IDB?

Latest news and public notices related to Reedness and Swinefleet IDB will be posted here. 

A Public Sector Corporation Agreement has been signed off between The Board and East Riding of Yorkshire Council for one year:

Reedness and Swinefleet Register of Electors Notice (pdf 64kb opens in new window)

Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2018