SRA Board meeting 20 October, 2017

A meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority Board was held at 10am on Friday, 20 October, 2017, at the offices of Sedgemoor District Council, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR.

FINAL Minutes of SRA Board meeting 20 October 2017

SRA Board Summary of decisions 20 October 2017

Members of SRA Board:

Ray Adlam (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Jeff Fear (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Anne Fraser (Sedgemoor District Council)
Nick Gupta (Environment Agency)
Cllr David Hall (Somerset County Council
John Harris (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Matthew Heard (Natural England)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee) 
Peter Maltby (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr John Osman - Chairman (Mendip District Council)
Cllr Nick Weeks (South Somerset District Council) - Substitute
Cllr Norman Cavill (Taunton Deane Borough Council) - Substitute 

Tony Bradford - Vice-Chairman (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Ric Pallister (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr John Williams  (Taunton Deane Borough Council)

In Attendance: 

Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council) 
Emma Beardsley (Somerset County Council) 

Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Brendan Cleere (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Michele Cusack (Somerset County Council)
Sarah Diacono (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
David Peake (Somerset County Council) 
Nick Stevens (Internal Drainage Board)
Donna Gowler (Natural England) - Tentative  
Martin Woods (South Somerset District Council) - Tentative      


1 Apologies for absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting 21 July 2017
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Draft minutes of SRA Board meeting 21 July 2017 

4 Public Question Time
Purpose: To give the public chance to ask questions
Lead: Chair

5 Board interim arrangements    
Purpose: To decide on various Board arrangements prior to legislation
Lead: Sarah Diacono
Board interim arrangements

6 Flood Action Plan Updates

6a Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Purpose: Update
Lead: Doug Bamsey
Bridgwater Tidal Barrier

6b Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Purpose: Update
Lead: Brendan Cleere
Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme

6c Dredging Strategy and plans
Purpose: Update
Lead: Nick Stevens
Dredging Strategy and plans

6d Sowy River/ King's Sedgemoor Drain 
Purpose: Update
Lead: Rachel Burden

7 Draft Half Year Progress Report

Purpose: To approve publication
Lead: Jonathan Hudston
Draft Half Year Progress Report Paper, Draft Half Year Progress Report

8 Second Quarter 2017/18 Finance Report 
Purpose: Update
Lead: Emma Beardsley
2Q 2017/18 Finance Report 

PLEASE NOTE: The report for Item 8 is not confidential, with the exception of the appendices which have been made available only to Members. This does contain exempt information and is therefore marked Confidential – Not for Publication. At any point if Members wish to discuss information within this paper then the Board will be asked to agree the following resolution to exclude the press and public:

Exclusion of the Press and Public
To consider passing a resolution under Regulation 4 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 to exclude the press and public from the meeting on the basis that if they were present during the business to be transacted there would be a likelihood of disclosure of exempt information, within the meaning of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

Reason: Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)
9 Funding Request: Flood Alert Systems
Purpose: Decision
Lead: David Peake
Flood Alert Systems

10 Any Other Business
Purpose: To raise urgent items (agreed with Sarah Diacono prior to the meeting)
Lead: Chair

For more information relating to the meeting, such as public attendance and access, please see below:
SRA Guidance Notes for October Board Meeting 

If you would like to get in touch please contact us at sra@somerset.gov.uk or tel: 01823 355111
The Flood Action Plan is now overseen by the Somerset Rivers Authority and can be contacted on the above.