Let­ter of the week An un­ex­pected li­a­bil­ity

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

YOUR story ‘Dead in the water’ (Town & Coun­try, Novem­ber 9) talks about short­com­ings in flood riskman­age­ment on the part of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA). My fam­ily owns two moor­ings on the River Adur and I had rather a shock ear­lier this year, when the EA in­formed us that, as a re­sult of a change in the law in 2014, we now have cer­tain ri­par­ian own­er­ship obli­ga­tions and are re­spon­si­ble for main­te­nance of our por­tion of new flood de­fences—and, the­o­ret­i­cally, are li­able for any dam­age to 2,400 homes should our piece of the de­fence fail.

We have no rea­son to be­lieve that it will, but the cost could be enor­mous. The EA has since said that it would ex­pect to cover any costs, but it’s un­able to guar­an­tee this. Many COUN­TRY LIFE read­ers may find that they are now car­ry­ing a greater risk than they were aware of. Mike Wooldridge, West Sus­sex

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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