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Around the World: Ryedale farmers rally against drainage board practices

December 8, 2023  By Yorkshire Bylines

Discontent is spreading throughout the Ryedale community, as farmers unite to challenge what they perceive as unjust and irresponsible treatment from the Yorkshire & Humber Drainage Board. The dispute centres around the Board’s refusal to provide essential support and services, leaving large portions of Ryedale at an increased risk of flooding.

This contentious issue stems from changes made following the merger of the Vale of Pickering Drainage Board into the Yorkshire & Humber Drainage Board several years ago. Under the Land Drainage Act 1991, landowners in Ryedale are required to pay a levy to the local drainage board. Historically, this levy has been crucial for maintaining the extensive network of ditches across Ryedale, safeguarding the region from flooding. However, since the merger, the Yorkshire & Humber Drainage Board has continued to collect levies but has allegedly failed to deliver the necessary support and services to the landowners. | READ MORE

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