Training course

Land Drainage and Land Drainage Act 1991

20 October 2017
10:00 - 16:00
DAC Beachcroft LLP, London

100 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BN

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The course aims to cover the law which land drainage and other officers who deal with water and drainage matters will need to know. It will include:

  1. The Council’s duties over land drainage. Powers over watercourses and other land. The Land Drainage Act 1991. Other statutes. Common law powers and duties. What can you require a landowner to do? Difficult landowners. Recovering your costs. Dealing with other players‐Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards, other councils.
  2. The duties of the council to dispose of or make arrangements for rain and other water falling on to the highway and elsewhere. Land higher than the council land? Can it discharge on to your land? The legal possibilities. Risk of claims against the council and defences thereto.
  3. Compulsory action under the Land Drainage Act 1991 and in other ways. Injunctions. Section 100 of the Highways Act 1980. The creation of drainage near to highways. Other practical points. Easements. Rights to drain acquired by passage of time. The twenty year rule. What is the evidence needed to show that your council has a common law right to drain.
  4. When is the council liable for flooding? What is a “return period? How to keep your council out of trouble. Civil claims and defending them. The Local Government Ombudsman. The Freedom of Information Act 2000. Members. The political angle.
  5. The Flood and Water management Act 2010. The strategic role of the Environment Agency. The responsibilities of local authorities for mapping, flood prevention and in other ways.
  6. Case studies to illustrate. How do you solve that problem situation? Questions. Your cases discussed. Where do you go from here? A chance to share.

Land Drainage and Land Drainage Act 1991

20 October 2017 | 10:00 - 16:00

£215 +VAT

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