May 2015

Kent County Council is responsible for the maintenance of the 5,400 miles of public highway including 250,000 roadside drains (gullies) and associated drainage systems. Every year we receive around 10,000 enquiries about drainage and flooding and spend over £4m maintaining and improving the County’s drainage infrastructure.

In November 2014, we hosted a series of Highways, Transportation and Waste seminars for Parish Councils which included a presentation about drainage and flooding. During the workshop and Q&A sessions, Parish Representatives indicated that they were keen to understand more about our drainage and flooding service. In response, our Drainage Team have put together a short guide which explains the County Council’s legal obligations and also the roles and responsibilities of others. The guide details how works are prioritised to ensure that we provide the best service we can with the available budget. It also explains how Parish Councils can self-help and minimise the risk of flooding in their patch.

We hope that you find this information useful however should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our Drainage Team on 03000 41 81 81 or by logging an enquiry on our website: http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/report-a-problem.