SRA Board meeting 21 July, 2017

 A meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority Board was held at 10am on Friday, 21 July, 2017, at the offices of West Somerset District Council, Killick Way, Williton, TA4 4QA.

Minutes of SRA Board meeting 21 July 2017

SRA Board Summary of decisions 21 July 2017 

Members of SRA Board:

Ray Adlam (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Tony Bradford (Parrett 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 (Mendip District Council)
Cllr Ric Pallister (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr John Williams (Taunton Deane Borough Council)

In Attendance: 

Emma Beardsley (Somerset County Council)
Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Sarah Diacono (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Rob Forse (Somerset County Council)
Cllr Clare Aparicio Paul (Somerset County Council)
Linda Irwin (Environment Agency)
Martin Woods (South Somerset District Council)
Paul Deal (Mendip District Council)
Barry James (Somerset County Council)
Brendan Cleere (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council) 


1 Apologies for absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Sarah Diacono

2 Election of Chair and Vice-chair
Purpose: Decision
Lead: Sarah Diacono

3 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
All members

4 Minutes of previous meeting 13 March 2017
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Draft minutes of SRA Board meeting 13 March 2017   

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

6 Finance and Delivery                

6ai Strategic Approach to Mitigation funding request
Purpose: Decision
Lead: Matthew Heard
Strategic Approach to Mitigation funding request

6aii Cripps & Hixham overrun funding request 
Purpose: Decision 
Lead: Rachel Burden
Cripps & Hixham overrun funding request

6b First Quarter 2017/18 Report 
Purpose: Update
Lead: Emma Beardsley
IQ 2017/18 Report   

PLEASE NOTE: The report for Item 6b 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 This does contain exempt information and is therefore marked Confidential – Not for Publication.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)

7 Flood Action Plan Updates       

7a Bridgwater Tidal Barrier

Purpose: Update
Lead: Doug Bamsey
Bridgwater Tidal Barrier

Appendix Bridgwater Tidal Barrier   

7b Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Purpose: Update
Lead: Brendan Cleere
Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme

7c Dredging Strategy and plans
Purpose: Update
Lead: Nick Stevens
Dredging Strategy and plans

7d Sowy River/ King's Sedgemoor Drain 
Purpose: Update
Lead: Rachel Burden

8 Somerset Rivers Authority Future

8a Review and revision of W1: Dredging and River Management 
Purpose: Decision
Lead: John Rowlands and Iain Sturdy 
Review and revision of W1: Dredging and River Management

8b Dredging commitment  
Purpose: Decision 
Lead: Iain Sturdy 
Dredging commitment   

8c Spreading risk across the Partnership 
Purpose: Decision 
Lead: Rob Forse 
Spreading risk across the Partnership

8d 2016/17 End of Year report   
Purpose: Decision 
Lead: Sarah Diacono  
2016/17 End of Year Report Introduction

DRAFT 2016/17 End of Year Report 

8e Precepting legislation  
Purpose: Update
Lead: Sarah Diacono 
Precepting legislation

9 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 July 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.