Consultation on Isle waterway

The Snow Sewer in the Isle of Axholme.
The Snow Sewer in the Isle of Axholme.

Residents can have their say on how selected local rivers are managed and maintained following the launch of a public consultation.

The consultation, which will run for until July 23, outlines proposals by the Environment Agency to transfer ‘flood risk management activities’ on the Snow Sewer watercourse to the Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Level Management Board.

Rachael Hill, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for the Environment Agency, said “It is important that people in the Isle of Axholme have their say.The project aims to bring more choice to communities and local organisations in how watercourses are managed and maintained. We want to strengthen local flood risk management and decision-making by ensuring the right people are managing the right watercourses.

“We want to hear from anyone who is affected by, or interested in, the proposals. This consultation explains how the proposed sections of watercourse are currently managed and funded and provides details on future management and funding if de-maining goes ahead.”

It follows on from a number of public drop-in sessions held throughout the area back in October 2017 where the local community were invited to find out more.

The sessions were well received with community feedback helping to shape the consultation proposals.

The Environment Agency has been working with Natural England, RSPB, North Lincolnshire Council, and NFU to explore options for local watercourse maintenance and, to determine whether a transfer of the proposed watercourses is the right option for the community.

Should this transfer take place, it would allow the Snow Sewer to be re-designated from what is currently known as a ‘main river’ to an ‘ordinary watercourse’. This would give the Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Level Management Board more responsibility for their local flood risk by carrying out activities such as maintenance or giving permission to carry out works.