Drainage board

Nicholsons administers the Waveney, Lower Yare & Lothingland Internal Drainage Board.  This is the Authority which has responsibility for drainage of the marshes in the Waveney, part of the Yare and the Lothingland Hundred River valleys. The Board was created on 1st September 2006 when it succeeded to the role previously carried on by twelve Internal Drainage Boards covering the same district.

The area for which the Board has responsibility is illustrated on this map.

The principal function of the Board is to provide flood protection within its area. This is achieved through close co-ordination with the Environment Agency which has responsibility for maintaining the main rivers. The Board also works closely with landowners, local authorities, Natural England and wildlife conservation bodies to ensure water levels are managed within the district in a manner which seeks to balance the requirements of conservation and productivity.

Part of the Board's drainage system operates by gravity and part is pumped. There is a network of 21 pumping stations within the district by which water is discharged from the marsh land into the main river. The cost of maintaining this system is funded partly from rates levied on agricultural landowners, partly from contributions received from the Environment Agency and partly from special levies on the local authorities.

If you require more information please check the documents section below or contact Debbie Lovegrove.


Antibribery Policy
Antifraud and Corruption Policy
Board Members and Local Authority Appointees
Code Of Conduct
Complaint form
Development / Planning Control
Elected Members - No Poll
Fixed Asset Register 2018
Gifts and Hospitality Policy
Gifts and Hospitality Register
Health and Safety Policy
Map Showing Drainage Districts
Map Showing Pumping Stations
Notice Pursuant To Section 48
Notice of Election and Meeting
Policy Statement on Flood Protection and Water Management
Proposed Election Register
Publication Scheme (Information required under Freedom of Information Act 2000)
Risk Management Strategy and Policy
Risk Register 2018
Standing Orders
Summary Of The Suffolk Flood Risk Management Strategy 2016
WLYL IDB Employers Liability Certificate
Whistle Blowing Policy


Minutes 21st June 2018
Minutes 8th February 2018
Minutes 22nd June 2017
Minutes 2nd February 2017
Minutes 16th June 2016
Minutes 4 February 2016
Minutes 18th June 2015
Minutes 5th Feb 2015
Minutes 19th June 2014
Minutes 6th February 2014
Minutes 20th June 2013
Minutes 7th February 2013
Minutes 21st June 2012
Minutes 2nd February 2012
Minutes 3rd February 2011
Board Minutes 24th June 2010

Financial Documents

A Summary of Electors Rights
Annual Internal Audit Report 2017 2018
Annual Return Year Ended 310317
Financial Regulations 2018
Income & Exp & Balance Sheet 2017
Income & Exp & Balance Sheet 2018
Investment Strategy
Notice Of Conclusion Of Audit 2017
Notice Of Conclusion Of Audit 2018
Notice of Public Rights
Section 1 AGAR Annual Governance Statement 2017 2018
Section 2 AGAR Accounting Statements 2017 2018

Debbie Lovegrove
Assistant to Ben Blower
01502 532 327
Drainage Boards