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South Forty Foot consultation

Consultation is being held into proposed changes of some main river sections so that Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board and not the Environment Agency has responsibility for them.

The proposal would redesignate five tributaries of the South Forty Foot Drain measuring about 16.8 kilometres  so they would become ordinary watercourses instead of "main river".

Black Sluice IDB would then have powers to carry out work to manage flood risk.

The Environment Agency says the proposed changes would strengthen local flood risk management and decision making.

It says the areas are of low flood risk and not associated with major rivers or major population centres.

More information and a chance to comment can be found at

A paper copy of the proposals with maps is available to examine at Boston Borough Council offices in Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston.

The consultation ends at midday on Monday, February 12.