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Rates




The Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board's drainage district
covers the following areas:

Cuxton, Faversham, Hoo, Isle of Grain, Isle of Sheppey, Lower Halstow, Minster,
Seasalter, Sheerness, Sittingbourne and Snodland

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DRAINAGE RATES
The Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board applies a drainage rate as provided for by the Land
Drainage Act (1991). The rate is set annually by Board Members in December, when a level
of expenditure for the coming financial year is agreed.

The rate is payable by all agricultural land owners or occupiers within the boundaries of the
Drainage District. These owner/occupiers derive benefit as a result of drainage operations, including
works connected with rivers and watercourses, sea defences and coastal protection. For the purpose
of the Land Drainage Act, agricultural land is deemed to be all land within the designated Drainage
District that is not subject to either council tax or business rates. Land does not need to be adjacent
to a watercourse to be liable to Drainage Rates.

This rate provides income to help pay for the Board to oversee all aspects of land drainage within
the district’s boundaries, including regular maintenance performed on designated watercourses.

PAYING YOUR BILL
Rate demands are sent out annually after 1st April each year and are payable on receipt.
The demand is legislated for in the Land Drainage Act (1991).
There are currently five ways to pay your rate bill:

By Post
You can pay by cheque or postal order. Please make cheques and postal orders payable to the
Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board and write your Account ID on the back (this is shown on
the front of your demand). Fill in the Remittance Advice provided and send it with the payment to
the address shown on the demand. Please DO NOT send cash through the post. Receipts will
only be issued upon request when a stamped addressed envelope is provided.

By Personal Visit
You can pay by cash, cheque, debit card or postal order at the Board’s offices. Please be aware
that a 40p fee will be applicable to all debit card payments. It is advisable to make an appointment
beforehand. Please make cheques and postal orders payable to the Lower Medway Internal
Drainage Board and write your Account ID on the back (this is shown on the front of your demand).
Fill in the Remittance Advice provided and present this with your payment at the Board’s office
(address is shown on the demand). Receipts can be issued when payment is made in cash or
when otherwise requested.

At a Bank
You can pay your bill by cash or cheque at any branch of any bank using the Remittance Advice
provided. A fee may be payable – please check with the Bank concerned.

BACS or Internet banking
Bank account details can be provided on request to enable you to pay your bill directly into the
Board’s account via BACS, CHAPS or other method.

Via Telephone
Payment can be taken over the telephone using a debit card only. Sorry NO CREDIT CARDS.
Please be aware that a 40p fee will be applicable to all debit card payments. A receipt can be
issued, but a 45p fee will be applicable to cover postage costs.

If you have any questions about your bill, please contact the Clerk & Engineer in one of the following
ways: in writing, by telephone or by email as detailed on your demand. Please quote your
Account ID in all correspondence.

PLEASE NOTE
Any changes of occupancy should always be reported to the Board as soon as possible in writing.

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS

• Lower Medway IDB
Districts


• Lower Medway IDB Explanatory Leaflet

• Lower Medway IDB
Members

• Lower Medway IDB
Meetings

• Lower Medway IDB
Rates & Special Levies 2016/17

• Lower Medway IDB
Rates & Special Levies 2017/18

• Policy Statement

• Byelaws

• Standing Orders

• Work Consent Form Information

• Work Consent Form

• Complaints Procedure

• Complaint Form

• Adobe Acrobat Reader

 

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Maidstone Kent
ME14 5EQ
Telephone 01622 758345
Fax 01622 693665



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