Most SUDS systems will be expected to last a good many years. SUDS are intended to reduce flood risk, and to do that they need to operate effectively, and to do that continually they need to be maintained…..
Unless land has been bought for the construction of the road, highway authorities have dedicated highway rights to a depth necessary for maintenance of the highway, but they do not own the land. The subsoil within the highway is owned by the adjacent landowners. As a ditch cannot be used ‘to pass and re-pass’, it [...]
Answer from Beryl Kemplen All watercourses, including ditches, are maintained by the ‘riparian’ owner, that is whoever owns the land up to the top of the bank. This is why it is important to keep them in public open space or have an agreement for them to be adopted by the local authority. Otherwise, drainage [...]