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Repair work in rivers after recent floods (SEPA Advice Note) 2015

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has recently issued an advice note about repair work in rivers

Jan 14 2016

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has recently issued an advice note about repair work in rivers after December floods, to assist land managers who need to carry out repairs, smaller scale activities, or emergency works in a river after flood damage.

To view the advice note as a PDF document, click on this link:

Repair works in rivers after recent floods (SEPA Advice Note)

The first bullet point in the advice note, referring to work to repair or replace structures, like for like, that have failed or washed away - includes paths by a river after flood damage.  You do not need to contact SEPA before undertaking the works but:
  • The same type of materials that were used to make original path should be used to make the new path
  • The new path should be reconstructed on the same route as the original path*
  • You should still comply with the General Binding Rules (GBRs) in the

CAR Practical Guide

This guidance specifies the type of activities that can be undertaken in or near a river, with or without authorisation from SEPA.

* If you need to re-route your damaged or washed away path away from the river to protect it from future flooding, you need to engage with SEPA first.  Similarly, if bank protection works or temporary watercourse crossings are required, you need to discuss with SEPA before the protection works or crossings are installed.

If the repair or replacement works are in a designated natural heritage area, you will need to contact and engage with your local Scottish Natural Heritage office before undertaking any works, particularly for Speical Areas of Conservation (SAC), which are designated for salmon, freshwater peril mussels, and otters - all protected by law.

If the repair or replacement works cross over a damaged outfall or culvert, you need to discuss your works with the local authority or Scottish Water.


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