Minutes, agenda, reports

A meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority Board was held at 10am on 10 February 2016, at the offices of Mendip District Council in Shepton Mallet.

Below are links to a summary of decisions taken at the meeting and the Minutes. These documents tell you what happened at the meeting.

They are followed by lists of people attending the meeting, the agenda and informative supporting documents such as reports and updates.

Documents (downloadable PDFs):

SRA Board Summary of decisions 10 February 2016
Agreed Minutes SRA Board 10 February 2016

Members of the Board:

Cllr John Osman – Chairman (Somerset County Council)
Tony Bradford – Vice-Chairman (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Jeff Fear (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Anne Fraser (Sedgemoor District Council)
Nick Gupta (Environment Agency)
Matt Heard (Natural England)
David Jenkins (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 District Borough Council)

In Attendance:

Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Emma Beardsley (Somerset County Council)
Stuart Brown (Mendip District Council)
Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Brendan Cleere (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Sarah Diacono (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Cllr David Hall (Somerset County Council)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Stephen Parker (Natural England)
Nick Stevens (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Iain Sturdy (Parrett IDB)
Vega Sturgess (South Somerset District Council)
Ann-Marie Wood (Somerset County Council)


Ray Adlam (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Kathryn Holdsworth (Defra)
Cllr Harvey Siggs (Mendip District Council)


1 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
All members

2 Draft minutes of previous meeting
Purpose: To agree accuracy and sign off
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): SRA Board Meeting Draft Minutes 21 October 2015

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

4 2016-17 funding and Landowner charges
Purpose: To update the Board on Local Authority funding decisions.
To update the Board following Landowner consultation and make a decision.
Lead officer: Sarah Diacono
Document (downloadable PDF): Landowner Charges update

5 Meeting the needs of the natural environment
Purpose: To underline the important role that the natural environment has and agree the SRA approach
Lead officer: Matthew Heard
Document (downloadable PDF): Natural England SRA Board paper

6 Sowy/KSD update and decision
Purpose: To update the Board on the re-programming of the project to address stakeholder concerns. To decide if the SRA should proceed to the next stage of the project tendering a design and build contract. To decide the delivery partner for the next stage of the project.
Lead officer: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): Sowy/KSD SRA Board update

7 SRA MoU and Constitution review
Purpose: To review proposed 2016-17 Local Memorandum of Understanding
Lead officer: Sarah Diacono
Documents (downloadable PDFs):
Draft SRA Local Memorandum of Understanding
Draft Delegations

8 Quarterly Reports: Q3 2015-6 Financial report, Q3 2015-6 Common Works Programme, Q3 2015-6 Enhanced Maintenance Programme
Purpose: Progress update
Lead officers: Emma Beardsley, Didier Lebrun, Iain Sturdy
Documents (downloadable PDFs):
SRA Board Finance Report Q3 2015-16
Q3 2015-16 Common Works Programme Monitoring
2015-16 Enhanced Maintenance Programme Monitoring 3rd Quarter Report
2015-16 Enhanced Maintenance Programme Summary 3rd Quarter Report

9 Flood Action Plan Leaders Status Report: Bridgwater Barrier, Upper Tone
Purpose: Progress update by exception, plus specific scheme updates
Lead officers: Sarah Diacono, Doug Bamsey, Brendan Cleere
Document (downloadable PDF): Flood Action Plan Leaders Status Report December 2015-January 2016

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

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