Minutes, agenda, reports

A meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority Board was held at 9.30am on 21 October 2015, at Taunton Deane Borough Council’s offices in Taunton.

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 21 October 2015
Agreed Minutes SRA Board 21 October 2015

Members of the 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)
Cllr Anne Fraser (Sedgemoor District Council)
Nick Gupta (Environment Agency)
Matt Heard (Natural England)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Peter Maltby (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Ric Pallister (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Harvey Siggs (Mendip District Council)
Cllr John Williams (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew (West Somerset Council)

In Attendance:

Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Emma Beardsley (Somerset County Council)
Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Brendan Cleere (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Dave Crowson (Environment Agency)
Sarah Diacono (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Cllr David Hall (Somerset County Council)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Kathryn Holdsworth (Defra)
Nick Stevens (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Vega Sturgess (South Somerset 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): Draft SRA Board Meeting Minutes 23 September 2015

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

4 Q2 Financial report –  progress update
Purpose: To update the Board on progress
Lead officer: Emma Beardsley
Document (downloadable PDF): Interim Funding – Management Reporting Q2 2015-16

5 Q2 Enhanced Maintenance Programme – progress update
Purpose: To update the Board on progress and review proposal for an additional scheme
Lead officer: Iain Sturdy
Documents (downloadable PDFs):
Enhanced Maintenance Programme monthly monitoring update Q2 2015-16
Q2 2015-16 Enhanced Maintenance Programme Summary August-Sept 2015

6 Q2 Common Works Programme – progress update
Purpose: To update the Board on progress
Lead officer: Steve Webster
Document (downloadable PDF): Common Works Programme update October 2015

7 Upper Tone Strategic Flood Alleviation Scheme update
Purpose: To update the Board on the progress of the Upper Tone scheme
Lead officers: Brendan Cleere, Dave Crowson
Document (downloadable PDF): Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme Powerpoint presentation

8 Parrett Barrier Update
Purpose: To update the Board on progress
Lead officer: Doug Bamsey
Document (downloadable PDF): Parrett Barrier update report

9 Pioneer Dredge
Purpose: To decide on the Pioneer Dredge in the light of the maintenance dredge tenders
Lead officers: Sarah Diacono, Iain Sturdy
Document (downloadable PDF): Dredging update report

10 Ring bank consultation
Purpose: To review consultation outcome and decide on next steps
Lead officer: Sarah Diacono
Document (downloadable PDF): Ring banks report

11 Leaders Status Report – by exception
Purpose: To allow the Board to raise any queries in relation to the progress of the Flood Action Plan
Lead officer: Sarah Diacono
Document (downloadable PDF): Leaders Status Report

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

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