Watercourses enhance our lives in so many ways and yet they can also pose a threat when in flood.

They need to be respected, protected and improved for our benefit and for future generations. That is why there are legal safeguards that we all need to comply with.

The Environment Agency publishes a guide called 'LIVING ON THE EDGE'.  If you own land or property next to a river, stream or ditch, you are a ‘riparian landowner’ and and this guide is for you.  It contains information on your rights and responsibilitys, and who to contact for further guidance on watercourses.

The guide explains:

• your rights and responsibilities as a riparian landowner. It also explains the roles of your risk management authority and other organisations you may need to work with.

• who is responsible for flood risk management and flood defences, and what that means in practice.

• how you can work with your risk management authority and other organisations to protect and  improve the natural environment of our rivers and streams. 

The Parish Council has established a Wroughton Flood Plan Group.  If you would like further information please contact the Parish Office. 


Environment Agency - Maintenance Programme

Click HERE to view the Environment Agency's River and Coastal frequent maintenance programme for April 2017 to March 2018.

Enter your postcode to find out what type of maintenance activities the Environment Agency (EA) may do near you and when they plan to do it.

This year the programmes also include some extra maintenance activities. This is due to extra funding from government to repair damage to flood and coastal assets caused by the winter floods.

EA consults with Natural England and the EA fisheries, recreation and biodiversity teams to ensure they consider the environment when doing maintenance activities.

Examples of activities in the programme are:

  • maintaining flood barriers and pumping stations
  • clearing grills and removing obstructions from rivers
  • controlling aquatic weed in rivers
  • managing grass, trees and bushes on flood embankments or
  • inspecting and repairing flood defence structures

The EA makes every effort to ensure the maintenance programme is up to date. Sometimes work may not go ahead at the planned time because of adverse weather, floods, available resource or national environmental incidents.