The rights and responsibilities of a riparian owner

If you own land adjoining, above or with a watercourse running through it, you have certain rights and responsibilities. In legal terms you are a ‘riparian owner’. If you rent the land you should agree with the owner who should manage these rights and responsibilities.

Smaller watercourses, ditches and drains, known as ‘ordinary watercourses’ play a crucial role in managing flood risk to people and property in Cambridgeshire. That is why it is important to ensure that they are well maintained and kept free from debris, obstructions and do not become overgrown. Cambridgeshire County Council, under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010), is a ‘Lead Local Flood Authority’, and responsible for regulating ordinary watercourses outside of internal drainage board areas.

For more information please see this document.

Street Lighting


Balfour Beatty has advised that they have managed to slot Elsworth village for the street lighting project back in for the 1/2nd week of October.

Street Lighting


Balfour Beatty, the company installing the new street lights, is running a smaller Core investment programme team alongside the overall project and this will be up and running in October. The company will then start booking the works back in that have been put on hold for various reasons.  They  envisage the works being carried out after Christmas.  The company has promised to provide the exact date for works to start asap.

Planning application for consideration S/1859/14/FL

Mr Anthony Taylor Meadow Farm, Broad End, Elsworth, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB23 4JD

Replacement of the existing wooden storage shed on the Grass Close with a secure metal container to be clad in dark stained timber to match the community shop.

To be considered by the Parish Council at its meeting on September 17th.

Broadband update

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You may have noticed green cabinets popping up in the village and Openreach vans around quite a bit.  The latest update from  Openreach is that the cabinet and fibre spine works are progressing but we have no information yet on an anticipated live date

The spine work is dependent on Swavesey spine upgrade which requires some A14 night works but there are no current issues with this.

We will let you know as soon as we know a confirmed go live date.

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