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54 west banks, sleaford - the river bank on the main highway sidel

Reported via desktop in the Bridge or Structure category anonymously at 16:47, Mon 25 September 2023

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 471864.

A CRACK HAS APPEARED AT THE SIDE OF THE BRIDGE AT No 54 WEST BANKS ON THE ROAD SIDE. I REPORTED IT TO THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY WHO ADVISED ME TO CONTACT YOU. THIS IS THE ONLY ACCESS TO MY PROPERTY.

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  • Thanks for letting us know about your issue with a bridge or structure. We will look into this and let you know what we find within the next 14 days. You can find out more about bridges and structures on our website

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 16:47, Mon 25 September 2023

  • Just to let you know this issue has turned out to be more complicated than we first thought. We need to take this on for more investigation. We will let you know the situation as soon as we can. Thanks for bearing with us.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 10:20, Tue 26 September 2023

  • Thanks for letting us know about the issue. Following investigation and confirmation from our floods and water team they have confirmed that this crack is located under the bridge structure which access’ the private property, this is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain as riparian owner. This information should be included on the property deeds. Thank you for reporting this matter.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 09:10, Thu 9 November 2023

  • Case 478269 - updated information. The bridge is not on my property deeds and legally I only have rights of access to my property. The Environment Agency informed me that a riparian owner is the owner of property (ie land) alongside a natural watercourse. Under common law a riparian owner possesses rights and responsibilities relating to the stretch of the watercourse which falls within the boundaries of their property. According to the EA, I am the riparian owner only for the riverbank that is part of my boundary. I am only responsible for maintenance up to half way across the section of watercourse that runs past my land. The person/Agency/Council on the opposite bank is responsible for the other half of the watercourse. I have no other way of accessing or exiting my property except over the bridge. Please reopen my case. Thank you.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by CECILIA McATEER at 20:26, Thu 16 November 2023

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