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New scheme could help landowners alleviate flooding
A NEW scheme to remove red tape and help landowners manage the risk of flooding has been announced by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.
Currently, landowners have to apply for permission from the Environment Agency before carrying out certain maintenance activities on rivers crossing their land.
The new River Maintenance Pilots are designed to see how existing rules can be simplified without damaging the local environment.
Mr Paterson said: “I want to make it as simple as possible for landowners and farmers to carry out work to protect their land.
“Watercourse maintenance can reduce the risk of flooding, enhance the environment and improve water quality.”
The one-year-pilots will cover seven areas including the River Brue and maintenance activities can start from October 21.