The Somerset Common Works Programme (CWP) lists, in one place, all the flood risk management activities funded by Flood Risk Management Authorities and other organisations across Somerset, with the exception of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA).
SRA works are not included because they are additional
to the schemes and projects in the CWP.
The CWP consists of routine maintenance, projects and other flood risk management activities carried out by the Environment Agency, Somerset’s Internal Drainage Boards, Somerset County Council, district councils, Wessex Water, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group SW, the Somerset Local Authority Civil Contingencies Partnership (SLACCP
) and Natural England.
Here you can download a PDF giving details of the CWP for 2016-17
and download a map showing the locations of schemes and projects in the CWP for 2016-17
. The PDF and map are designed to be used together. Somerset is the only county in the UK where all such information is made publicly available in one place.
Details of SRA-funded works can be found in the Flood Risk Work
section of this website.
A short user’s guide to the Common Works Programme 2016-17
The PDF of the Common Works Programme (CWP) tells you which authority or organisation is doing works, and in which districts and parishes. Each scheme has been given a code (for example, EA07), and the map uses that code to help indicate a scheme’s location (EA07 is an Environment Agency investigation at Roadwater in the parish of Old Cleeve in West Somerset).
The CWP PDF gives a brief description of schemes, and tells you more about how they are being paid for.
All projects in the CWP are funded through the different organisations’ existing budgets, but money flows into those budgets from various sources.
For example, in the case of the Environment Agency, some schemes are funded by the EU
via the Water Framework Directive
, some through national government via the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), some through the local levy that is raised by the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee
from Lead Local Flood Authorities in its area (Somerset’s Lead Local Flood Authority is Somerset County Council).
Another example: some funding for Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group SW activities comes from the People’s Postcode Lottery via the Hills to Levels
project, some via the Prince’s Countryside Fund
, some via the Environment Agency Catchment Partnership Action Fund
and Environment Programme, some via Natural England’s Catchment Sensitive Farming
One aim of publishing the Somerset CWP is so that everyone can see the full range of different flood risk management works and activities that are taking place across the county.
As can be seen from studying the CWP, Somerset Rivers Authority does not detract from the responsibilities of different authorities and organisations (or, indeed, those of the owners of rivers and watercourses). Existing Flood Risk Management Authorities and their existing associated funding streams, responsibilities and accountabilities continue, but everyone involved with the SRA and Somerset’s CWP seeks to achieve even more by working together.
Common Works Programmes for 2015-16 and 2014-15
Full details of the Common Works Programmes for 2015-16 and 2014-15 can be found by following the links in the right sidebar of this page, if you are using a desktop computer, or below if you are using a mobile device.