Agenda for SRA Board meeting on 10 January 2020

A meeting of the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority was held at 10am on Friday 10 January 2020 at the headquarters of Mendip District Council in the Council Chamber, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT. The meeting finished at 12.16pm.

Below are a summary of decisions taken at the meeting and its draft minutes, lists of people who attended, the meeting’s agenda and reports.

Read a summary of decisions taken at the SRA Board meeting on 10 January 2020.

Read the draft minutes of the SRA Board meeting on 10 January 2020.

Members of SRA Board:
Ray Adlam (Axe-Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Emma Baker (Environment Agency)
Tony BradfordVice-Chair (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Mike Caswell (Sedgemoor District Council)
Jeff Fear (Axe-Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr David HallChair (Somerset County Council)
Matthew Heard (Natural England)
Rebecca Horsington (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Cllr Matt Martin (Mendip District Council)
Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Cllr Mike Stanton (South Somerset District Council)

In Attendance:
Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Roger Burge (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Nicola Dawson (Somerset County Council)
Paul Deal (Mendip District Council)
Emma Giffard (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Chris Hall (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Rebecca Hall (Somerset County Council)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Graham Quarrier (Environment Agency)
Ann Rhodes (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)

Apologies:
Michele Cusack (Somerset County Council)

AGENDA

1 Apologies for Absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting 27 September 2019
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): Draft minutes of SRA Board Meeting 27 September 2019

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

5 Adapting the Levels presentation
Purpose: Presentation
Leads: Nicola Dawson, Emma Giffard

6 Quarter 2 2019-20 Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Leads: Rebecca Hall, David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Quarter 2 2019-20 Finance Report

PLEASE NOTE: The main finance report for Item 6 is not confidential, but additional detailed financial information has been made available only to SRA Board Members in Appendix 1. The additional detailed financial information contains exempt information and is therefore marked Confidential – Not for Publication. At any point if Members wish to discuss the detailed financial 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).

7 Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Projects Spending Review
Purpose: To review current LEP project spend against estimated spend profile to meet March 2021 deadline
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): HotSWLEP Projects Spending Review

8 Key Project Updates

8a: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Purpose: Update (a presentation will be given)
Leads: Rachel Burden, Graham Quarrier

8b: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier letter of support
Purpose: Comment and approval
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Bridgwater Tidal Barrier Draft SRA letter of support

8c: Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Purpose: Update and endorsement
Lead: Ann Rhodes
Document (downloadable PDF): Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme Update

9 2020-21 SRA Enhanced Programme & budget
Purpose: To review and approve in principle
Lead: David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs): 2020-21 SRA Enhanced Programme and Budget
Appendix 2 2020-21 SRA Enhanced Programme List with no costs given
Appendix 3 2020-21 SRA Enhanced Programme Map

PLEASE NOTE: The main report for Item 9 is not confidential, but additional detailed financial information has been made available only to SRA Board Members in Appendix 1. This additional detailed financial information contains exempt information and is therefore marked Confidential – Not for Publication. At any point if Members wish to discuss the detailed financial 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: Update
Lead: David Mitchell

11 Precepting legislation
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell

12 2020-21 Administration
Purpose: a) To approve draft 2020-21 SRA Memorandum of Understanding, b) to agree 2020-21 SRA Board meeting dates
Lead: David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs): 2020-21 Administration Draft SRA Memorandum of Understanding
2020-21 Administration SRA Board Meeting Dates

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

14 Papers to Note
Purpose: Updates for information
Lead: Chair

14a: Oath to Burrowbridge Dredging
Document (downloadable PDF): Oath to Burrowbridge Dredging update

14b: Sowy/King’s Sedgemoor Drain
Document (downloadable PDF): Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain Enhancement Scheme update

14c: Brue catchment schemes
Document (downloadable PDF): Brue catchment schemes update

14d: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Document (downloadable PDF): Strategic Approach to Mitigation update

For more information relating to the meeting, such as public attendance and access, please see below:
Document (downloadable PDF): SRA Agenda and Guidance Notes for 10 January 2020 SRA Board meeting

Next SRA Board meeting: 10am on Friday 6 March 2020 – Sedgemoor District Council’s HQ in King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR.

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