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Land Drainage

We are a non-profit making organisation, the Romney Marshes Area Internal Drainage Board (RMAIDB) is a ratepayer funded Local Authority concerned with matters of land drainage and the maintenance and control of certain watercourses. The RMAIDB is the amalgamation of the Romney Marsh Levels, the Walland Marsh, the Denge and Southbrooks, the Rother and the Pett Internal Drainage Boards.




OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS : 07739 684404 or 07803 627421

OUR ADDRESS: Suite 7 Old Barn Offices, Salts Farm, East Guldeford, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7PA

Electoral Districts

Our coverage area comprises of five Electoral Districts, based on the old Board areas as follows;

District Area of Drainage (ha) Catchment Area (ha)
Area of Rated Land (approx. ha)
Romney 10443 14552 9414
(lowland only)
8916 8916 8377
(lowland only)
3818 3818 960
Rother 6592 48240 6070
Pett 3401 18380 2570
Total 33170 93936 27391

For a map of the drainage district covered by the RMAIDB please click here

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Board Members

Elected Members – These are members elected by the ratepayers in accordance Part I Schedule 1 of the Land Drainage Act 1991. They may be either owners or occupiers of land in the district or nominated by the owner / occupier of the land in the district. Drainage ratepayers are eligible to vote. Elections are held every three years. The numbers as shown below;

District No. of elected Members
Romney 6
Walland 6
Denge 2
Rother 4
Pett 3
Total: 21

Appointed Members – these members are appointed by charging authorities within the district in accordance with Part II Schedule 1 of the Land Drainage Act 1991. They may be elected councillors, officers or others who have an interest, such as conservation or business in the district. The numbers as shown below;

Charging Authority % of Total Special No, of Appointed
  Levy Members
Ashford Borough Council 1.832 1
Rother District Council 21.131 7
Shepway District Council 77.037 14
Total   22

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