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Land Drainage

Highways, ditches and drains

Warwickshire County Council, as the Highway Authority, has a prescriptive right to drain water on the highway to adjoining ditches. In rural areas the effectiveness of these ditches is fundamental to keeping roads in good condition. Common Law imposes a duty on the occupier of land adjoining highways to maintain these roadside ditches. Therefore in the majority of cases the responsibility for ditch maintenance rests with the adjacent farmer.

Warwickshire County Council is responsible for storm water run-off from the highways by regular maintenance and cleansing of gulley's and grips.

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Last updated Tuesday, 5th September 2017

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