Thursday, July 27, 2017
CHANGES POSSIBLE FOR MAIN WATERWAY FLOWING THROUGH BRIGG
Could the River Ancholme which flows through Brigg become one of the first in the UK to be included in a pilot scheme?
A government body nationally has given the green light to a number of pilot projects proposing to “de-main” certain sections of main rivers across the country.
The process involves investigating the passing of river maintenance and operational activities from the Environment Agency to Internal Drainage Boards "where there is mutual agreement, a locally generated appetite, and benefit to do so."
If successful, the pilots will lead to the permanent passing of these activities to the IDBs concerned.
Coun Mike Storey, who takes a keen interest in the River Ancholme, made reference to this during Brigg Town Council's July meeting, explaining that a "de-main" could see an IDB take over.
Further information is expected to be revealed in the future. Things are at a very early stage.
■ Users of the River Ancholme in Brigg - New and Old sections - include Glanford Boat Club, Ancholme Rowing Club, canoeists and many match and pleasure anglers.