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Public Questions to SRA Board

This page summarises public questions to the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority, provides links to the full questions and answers, and lets you download PDFs of public questions and answers.

Questions are grouped according to the meetings when they were asked.

SRA Board meeting 21 July, 2017

One person submitted a public question to the Board: Cllr Roy Mackenzie, a member of the SRA Scrutiny Panel.

Cllr Mackenzie asked about whether the SRA Board agreed with the SRA Scrutiny Panel's recommendation, from their meeting in January, to update the Flood Action Plan to include flash flooding.

Cllr Mackenzie attended the meeting and presented his question to the Board. The Senior Manager, Sarah Diacono, read aloud the Board's prepared response which was also sent to Cllr Mackenzie in writing.

Click here to download the Public Question from Cllr Mackenzie to the SRA Board, 20 October 2017

Click here to download the SRA Board's reply to Cllr Mackenzie's Public Questions, 20 October 2017

SRA Board meeting 21 July, 2017

One person submitted a public question to the Board: Rhona Light, a resident of Moorland.

Ms Light asked about whether the proposed dredge between Oath and Burrowbridge would increase the likelihood of flooding on Moorland.

Ms Light did not attend the meeting. Cllr Osman replied to her in writing.

Click here to download the Public Question from Rhona Light to the SRA Board, 21 July 2017

Click here to download the SRA Board's reply to Rhona Light's Public Question, 21 July 2017

SRA Board meeting 13 March, 2017

Two people submitted public questions to the Board: Paul Cottington, the NFU SW Environment Adviser, and Michele Bowe, the Director of Conservation, Policy and Strategy, at Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT). Ms Bowe asked her question of behalf of SWT and the RSPB.

Mr Cottington wrote to the SRA Chairman, Cllr John Osman, personally, on February 7, 2017, and then emailed again with public questions to the SRA Board on March 6, 2017, picking up on his earlier communication of February 7. Mr Cottington asked about works on the River Sowy and the River Parrett, potential flooding issues, and farmers and landowners to continue to be able to enjoy using their land and assets. Mr Cottington did not attend the meeting. Cllr Osman replied to him in writing.

Click here to download the Public Question from the NFU to the SRA Board, 13 March 2017

Click here to download the SRA Board's reply to the NFU's Public Question, 13 March 2017

Ms Bowe asked about how the SRA would develop a more strategic approach to flood risk management (FRM) on the Somerset Levels that considered individual FRM projects and their operation in the context of the overall wetland system, both in the short term and in the context of adaptation to climate change.

Ms Bowe was present at the meeting, with colleagues from SWT and the RSPB. Cllr Osman thanked them for attending. He said he thought the SRA was more strategically advanced than the question suggested, but he was always keen to hear new ideas and he looked forward to having an on-going conversation.

He also replied in writing.

Click here to download the Public Question from Somerset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB to the SRA Board, 13 March 2017

Click here to download the SRA Board's reply to the Public Question from Somerset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, 13 March 2017
 

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