South East Drainage Community Panel

As you know, there is a long history of drainage in the South East. and the majority of drains were constructed between 1949 – 1972 largely to remove water logging to maintain the region’s productivity and improve accessibility. More recently the lower South East drainage system is also being managed to enhance natural wetlands. Across the long history, a wide range of funding models has been attempted spanning different rating methods, community shares and betterment approaches. Past funding measures may be judged to be successful because they delivered the funding required to pay for an extensive program of works. However, past approaches appear to have failed a “fairness test” (in the view of newDemocracy Foundation) creating impetus for review: that is the fundamental task you have been given as a panel of everyday citizens spanning the entire affected region.

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