Drainage Boards comprise members that are both appointed and elected to the Board.
Appointed members were included in the Board’s membership following the 1991 Land Drainage Act. Their function is to represent the interests of the householders whose contribution to the costs of a Drainage Board is paid indirectly through their Council Tax payment. This overall payment from the 8 councils/unitary authorities within the Drainage Boards area is called the Special Levy. The cost to the 8 councils/unitary authorities is reduced by partial reimbursement received from central government through the revenue support grant.
The 15 appointed members can be nominated to the Board by the 8 councils/unitary authorities.
How do I qualify to be a Nominated Member?
Qualification to be an appointed member is not restricted to councillors, anyone with knowledge or experience of matters relating to the functioning of a board can be nominated, although it must be done through the relevant council/unitary authority.
Elections for seats on the Board are carried out by nomination to a tri-annual election. If the number of candidates nominated exceeds the seats available then a poll must take place.
How do I qualify to be an Elected Member?
Qualification to be an elected Member in the Lower Severn (2005) Internal Drainage Board area requires a person to be:
a) both the owner and occupier of not less than 4 hectares
b) the occupier of not less than 8 hectares
c) the occupier of land which is of an assessable value of £30 or upwards
d) the person nominated as a candidate for election by a person who is both the owner and occupier of land which is either, of not less than 4 hectares, or of an assessable value of £30 or upwards.
e) At the date of the election any amount demanded in respect of any drainage rate levied on that land has been paid at least one month prior to the election
How do I qualify to vote?
You will be entitled to vote provided:
1. At the date of the election any amount demanded in respect of any drainage rate levied on that land has been paid at least one month prior to the election
2. Your entitlement is shown in the Register of Electors as at 1 April
The Register of Electors will be available for inspection at the Board offices from 1 April.
Other members of the public living in the area are not eligible to vote. Their interests are represented by the appointed members placed on the Board by the 8 councils/unitary authorities.