Most meetings are open to the public
All meetings are open to the public except where business of a confidential nature is to be transacted - eg staffing, contractual and some legal matters. Meetings cover many items. All drainage authorities have general supervisory functions and powers. They can make byelaws to ensure and protect adequate drainage systems and works, like sea defences; they can require owners and occupiers of properties to remedy defects in systems, they control the erection of structures affecting watercourses and the culverting of watercourses which require their special consents. They consider the implications of proposals by assessing risks of flooding, both to areas subject to proposed development and adjoining areas, and their advice is given to planning authorities and all other interested parties.