All watercourses are the maintenance of riparian owners. You are a riparian owner if your property or land is on, or very near, a watercourse.
Riparian owners are legally bound to keep the watercourse clear of any obstruction to flow. Coventry City Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, can serve legal notices on riparian owners to clear obstructions. In addition, owners must not carry out works affecting a non-Main River watercourse without the approval of the Lead Local Flooding Authority by making an application.
For further information about the responsibilities of riparian owners, the Environment Agency's information on living next to a watercourse "Living on the Edge" is available to download.
Please see the Sandbag Policy for information about flood protection.