Agenda, reports and summary of decisions

A meeting of the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority was held at 10am on Friday 1 March, 2019, in the Council Chambers at South Somerset District Council in Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 2HT.

Below are lists of people who attended the meeting, the agenda and informative supporting documents such as reports and updates.

Read a summary of decisions taken at the meeting: SRA Board meeting Summary of Decisions, 1 March 2019

Members of SRA Board:

Cllr John Osman – Chairman (Mendip District 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)
Rachel Burden (Environment Agency – substitute)
Cllr David Hall (Somerset County Council)
Matthew Heard (Natural England)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Cllr Brenda Maitland-Walker (West Somerset Council – substitute)
Cllr Ric Pallister (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Norman Cavill (Taunton Deane Borough Council – substitute)

In Attendance:
Roger Burge (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Tim Burton (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Rebecca Hall (Somerset County Council)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)

AGENDA

1 Apologies for absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting 7 December, 2018
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): Draft Minutes of SRA Board meeting on 7 December 2018

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

5 Local Enterprise Partnership variation request
Purpose: To consider a request for a variation to the current Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership funding agreement
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Report on Local Enterprise Partnership variation request

6 SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel recommendations
Purpose: To report back on recommendations from the SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 26 February, 2019
Lead: David Mitchell

7 Key project updates

7a: Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme (TSFAIS)
Purpose: Update
Lead: Tim Burton
Document (downloadable PDF): Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme update

7b: Dredging Strategy & Plans (Oath to Burrowbridge)
Purpose: Update
Lead: Iain Sturdy
Document (downloadable PDF): Oath to Burrowbridge pioneer dredging update

7c: Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD)
Purpose: Update
Lead: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain update

7d: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Purpose: Update
Lead: Matt Heard
Document (downloadable PDF): Strategic Approach to Mitigation update

7e: River Brue
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): River Brue project update

7f: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Purpose: Update
Lead: Doug Bamsey
Document (downloadable PDF): Bridgwater Tidal Barrier update

8 Precepting legislation
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Precepting legislation update

9 Finance Report Q3 2018-19
Purpose: Update
Leads: Rebecca Hall, David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): SRA Finance Report Quarter 3 2018-19

PLEASE NOTE: The report for Item 9 is not confidential, but one additional paper has been made available only to Board Members. This contains 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).

10 SRA Administration 2019-2020

10a: SRA Budget 2019-20
Purpose: To sign off the SRA’s 2019-20 budget now that Local Partners’ Funding has been approved
Lead: David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs):
SRA Budget Report 2019-20
– Appendix 10a-i SRA Budget Summary 2019-20

10b: SRA Enhanced Programme 2019-20
Purpose: To sign off the SRA’s 2019-20 Enhanced Programme now Local Partners’ Funding is approved
Lead: David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs):
SRA Enhanced Programme 2019-20 REPORT
SRA Enhanced Programme 2019-20 SUMMARY and PIE CHART (Appendix 1)
SRA Enhanced Programme 2019-20 LIST (Appendix 2)
SRA Enhanced Programme 2019-20 MAP (Appendix 3)

PLEASE NOTE: The reports for Item 10b are not confidential, with the exception of one paper which has been made available only to Members. This contains 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).

10c: Local Memorandum of Understanding 2019-20
Purpose: Review
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Revised SRA Local Memorandum of Understanding 2019-20, including introductory report

10d: Calendar of meetings 2019-20
Purpose: Review and approve
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Calendar of SRA meetings 2019-20

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

Next SRA Board meeting: To be confirmed, during the review and approval of Item 10d above.

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