Agenda and reports

A meeting of the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority was held on Friday 27 September 2019 at the headquarters of South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 2HT.

Read a Summary of Decisions taken by the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority at their meeting on 27 September 2019

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

Members of SRA Board: 
Ray Adlam (Axe-Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Emma Baker (Environment Agency)
Tony Bradford – Vice-Chair (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Jeff Fear (Axe-Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr David Hall – Chair (Somerset County Council)
John Harris (substitute) (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Matthew Heard (Natural England)
Rebecca Horsington (substitute) (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Matt Martin (Mendip District Council)
Cllr Mike Stanton (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Alan Wedderkopp (substitute) (Somerset West and Taunton Council)

In Attendance:
Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Roger Burge (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Brendan Cleere (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Gary Cutts (Environment Agency)
Graham Quarrier (Environment Agency)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Ben Thorne (Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest)
Joanna Uglow (Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest)

Cllr Mike Caswell (Sedgemoor District Council)
Michele Cusack (Somerset County Council)
Paul Deal (Mendip District Council)
David Jenkins Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee
Cllr Duncan McGinty (substitute) (Sedgemoor District Council)
Cllr Mike Pullin (substitute) (Somerset County Council)
Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Martin Woods (South Somerset District Council)


1 Apologies for absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting 21 June 2019
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 3 SRA Board Draft Minutes of SRA Board meeting on 21 June 2019

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

5 Natural Flood Management
Purpose: Update
Leads: Ben Thorne (Leader of SRA Workstream 2) and Joanna Uglow of the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest. Martock flood warden Gordon Swindells will also speak, and at the end of this item SRA Chair Cllr David Hall will present Mr Swindells with a 2019 national River Champion certificate from the River Restoration Centre.

6 SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel meeting 20 September 2019
Purpose: Update from Scrutiny Panel meeting
Lead: David Mitchell

7 SRA Annual Report 2018-19
Purpose: To approve publication
Lead: Jonathan Hudston

Documents (downloadable PDFs):
ITEM 7 SRA Board paper Annual Report 2018-19 27 September 2019
ITEM 7 Appendix 1 SRA Board 2018-19 Annual Report long version 27 September 2019
ITEM 7 Appendix 2 SRA Board 2018-19 Annual Report summary 27 September 2019

8 Key project updates

To consider key project updates where a decision is required, a milestone has been reached, or there has been a significant change.

8a: Oath to Burrowbridge Dredging
Purpose: Update
Lead: Iain Sturdy
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8a SRA Board Oath to Burrowbridge dredging update 27 September 2019

8b: Sowy / King’s Sedgemoor Drain
Purpose: Update
Lead: Rachel Burden
Documents (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8b SRA Board Sowy Kings Sedgemoor Drain update 27 September 2019
ITEM 8b Appendix SRA Board Sowy King’s Sedgemoor Drain site locations map 27 September 2019

9 Quarter 1 2018-19 Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 9a SRA Board Q1 2019-20 Finance Report 27 September 2019

PLEASE NOTE: The report for Item 9 is not confidential, with the exception of an appendix 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)

10 Flood Action Plan Review
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: David Mitchell

11 Precepting Legislation
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 11 SRA Board Precepting Legislation update 27 September 2019

12 Forward Plan
Purpose: To update the board on key items of future work
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12 SRA Board Forward Plan 27 September 2019

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

14 Papers for noting
Purpose: To provide the Board with written updates on projects that are on-programme. Papers will not be presented by speakers at the meeting but questions can be raised with the Chair in advance of the meeting or on the day.
Lead: Chair

14a: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 14a SRA Board Bridgwater Tidal Barrier update 27 September 2019

14b: Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 14b SRA Board TSFAIS update 27 September 2019

14c: Brue catchment schemes
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 14c SRA Board Brue update 27 September 2019

14d: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 14d SRA Board Strategic Approach to Mitigation update 27 September 2019

Document (downloadable PDF): Agenda and Guidance Notes for SRA Board meeting 27 September 2019

Next SRA Board meeting: Friday 13 December 2019 at the headquarters of Mendip District Council in the Council Chambers, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT.

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