File photograph of the River Uck racing through Hempstead Meadows nature reserve, which is part of the flood plain

River Uck unaffected as dissolution faces drainage board

The River Uck will be unaffected by the planned shake-up of internal drainage districts in East Sussex.

Inquiries by show the Uck will continue to be looked after by the Environment Agency because it is designated a “main river”.

The Ridgewood Stream, Framfield Stream and Tickerage Stream, which all flow into the Uck in or around the town, are similarly unaffected.

The agency plans to dissolve the drainage district covering the River Ouse and its tributaries (of which the Uck is one) and the internal drainage board whose duties are to manage water levels and local drainage in areas of “drainage need”.

Proposals are out to consultation with the government making the final decision.

The work of internal drainage boards generally involves tiny streams, ditches and dykes.

The Uck is currently part of the Ouse Internal Drainage District and the Environment Agency has submitted a draft scheme to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to abolish the Ouse IDD.

Riparian land owners will be responsible for maintaining and operating the small water courses and associated water level management structures the Agency has previously maintaining and operating on their behalf.

District councils will take over the power to carry out work in order to manage any flood risk from these water courses.

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