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Gardens & Land Watercourse

The following is a request from HCC Flood Management Group mainly for those residents living near the A32 where the rising Lavant stream "flows" through their gardens.

"All parishioners that are riparian owners – those that have a watercourse (ditch or pipe) within or adjacent to their land; they should ensure there is a clear channel for the water to flow. Where the watercourse passes through gardens (such as those along Gosport Road), if a fence is present there should be a gap equivalent to a 450mm diameter pipe to give adequate capacity for expected flows. Any screen or mesh should ideally be removed to ensure no debris gets caught, but if one is present the recommended mesh size is no smaller that 100mm (10cm)." It has also been stated that the landowner is now fully responsible for any ditches on their land excluding the road /lane runoffs which are dealt with by HCC on a regular basis.