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SRA Board meeting 8 February, 2017

A meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority Board was held at 10am on Wednesday, 8 February, 2017, at the offices of Taunton Deane Borough Council in Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE. 


SRA Board Summary of decisions 8 February 2017

Minutes of SRA Board meeting 8 February 2017


Members of SRA Board:
Cllr John Osman – Chairman (Somerset County Council)
Tony Bradford – Vice-Chairman (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Ray Adlam (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Jeff Fear (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Matthew Heard (Natural England)
John Harris (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Cllr Tom Killen (Mendip District Council)
Peter Maltby (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Ric Pallister (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew (West Somerset Council) 
Cllr John Williams (Taunton Deane Borough Council)

In Attendance:

Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Emma Beardsley (Somerset County Council)
Tim Burton (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Sarah Diacono (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Cllr David Hall (Somerset County Council)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Barry James (Somerset County Council)
David Jones (Somerset County Council)
Mike O’Dowd-Jones (Somerset County Council)
Chris Rusbridge (Defra)
Nick Stevens (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Ben Thorne (Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SW)

Apologies:
Cllr Anne Fraser (Sedgemoor District Council)
Nick Gupta (Environment Agency)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)

AGENDA

1 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
All members

2 Minutes of previous meeting Monday, 16 January 2017

Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Draft Minutes SRA Board meeting 16 January 2017

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

4 Precepting legislation and 2017-18 funding
Purpose: To update the Board on Progress of legislation, 2017-18 Funding
Leads: Chris Rusbridge, Defra, Local Authority Leaders and IDB Board members

5 Review and revision of Work Stream 6: Assessing the Flood risk long term choices and options for a sustainable future
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Mike O’Dowd-Jones, Somerset County Council
Review of Work Stream 6

6 Review and revision of Work Stream 4: Resilient Infrastructure
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: David Jones, Somerset County Council
Review of Work Stream 4

PLEASE NOTE: The reports for Item 7 are not confidential, with the exception of two papers which have been made available only to Members. These contain exempt information and are therefore marked Confidential – Not for Publication. At any point if Members wish to discuss information within these papers 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 SRA 2017-18 Enhanced Programme   
Purpose: Decision re indicative programme and SRA policies
Lead: Sarah Diacono
SRA 2017-18 Enhanced Programme, Detailed list of schemes in SRA 2017-18 Enhanced ProgrammeMap of SRA 2017-18 Enhanced Programme, Summary SRA 2017-18 Enhanced Programme, SRA Policies Draft, SRA 2017-18 Enhanced Programme Summary Equal Weighting Unadjusted, SRA 2017-18 Enhanced Programme Summary FAP 1RF up to 19x Weighting Unadjusted, SRA 2017-18 EP Summary FAP 1RF Twice Weighting Unadjusted

PLEASE NOTE: The reports for Item 8 are not confidential, with the exception of one paper which has 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)

8 SRA 2016/17 Quarter 3 performance reports
a. Request for additional funding
b. Performance reports, 1. Progress and risks, 2. Finance   
Purpose: To request additional funding, and by exception to update the Board   
Leads: a. Ben Thorne, b.1. Sarah Diacono, b.2. Emma Beardsley
(8a) FWAG Highway and West Somerset referrals extension, (8b1) SRA Q3 2016-17 Enhanced Programme Dashboard Progress and Risks, SRA Q3 2016-17 Enhanced Programme Update, (8b2) SRA Q3 2016-17 Finance Update, SRA Q3 2016-17 Financial Summary  

9 Flood Action Plan specific updates
a. Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
b. Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
c. Dredging Strategy and plans
d. Sowy/KSD (King’s Sedgemoor Drain) funding plan   
Purpose: To update the Board on key projects   
Leads: a. Brendan Cleere, b. Doug Bamsey, c. Nick Stevens, d. Sarah Diacono
(9a) Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme update, (9b) Bridgwater Tidal Barrier Site 4 and Site 5 Locations, Bridgwater Tidal Barrier update, (9c) Dredging Strategy update, (9d) Sowy/KSD funding plan update

10 2017-18 Constitution and MoU   
Purpose: Decision
Lead: Sarah Diacono
SRA 2017-18 MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) and Constitution, Appendix - SRA Local MoU 2016-17

11 Risk sharing across the partnership   
Purpose: To inform the Board   
Lead: Barry James
Risk Sharing

12 Any Other Business
Purpose: To raise urgent items (agreed with John Osman prior to the meeting)
Lead: Chair

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.