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  • Joined May 2010
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    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Reopening an old ditch
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2011, 12:46:16 am »
Two points - first, where would the ditch drain to? Is the next bit downhill still open?  What about the bit uphill from you?  If your bit is filled in, is the uphill ditch water draining onto your land and adding to the problem?
Second - you need to speak to the ROADS people.  It is likely that it will not be a problem but they are the ones to make the assessment.  Someone is bound to clipe if you don't approach them first  ::)  When we did a small amount of adjustment to a drain by the side of our tiny unclassified road the Roads men were there pretty promptly to see what we were up to.  They approved what we were doing, but we were informed that the verge is definitely the councils and the roads men have responsibility for it.
There's a glib little phrase going round at the moment - "It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission" but I don't agree - it's best to do things the right way first time or it always comes back and bites you in the bum  :o :D

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Re: Reopening an old ditch
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2011, 01:57:32 pm »

I got in touch with the council and a very nice man came for a chat, apparently there is a tiny bit of council ditch at the end off our land he is very happy for us to put a ditch right down the edge of the field and join it to theirs, they will clean their ditch out, when they know we are starting the work, so long as we do all the work on our land and dont put the digger on the road we dont need a road work permit.

He was really helpful and gave me loads of advice and so long as what were doing doesnt cost the council nowt then they are happy, our ditch should help with road surface water, so we should both benefit

Thanks everyone  :wave: :thumbsup:


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