Agenda for SRA Board meeting on 11 December 2020

A meeting of the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was held online at 10am on Friday 11 December 2020. Microsoft Teams was used because of the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Below are lists of people who attended from across the SRA partnership, a link to a summary of the meting’s decisions, plus the meeting’s agenda and reports.

Read a summary of decisions taken at the SRA Board meeting on 11 December 2020.

Members of SRA 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)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Cllr Matt Martin (Mendip District 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)
Dave Coles (Sedgemoor District Council)
Caroline Dunn (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Ross Edwards (Environment Agency)
Donna Gowler (Natural England)
Cllr Garfield Kennedy (Mendip District Council)
Chris Hall (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Rebecca Hall (Somerset County Council)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Jamie Jackson (Somerset County Council)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Cllr Clare Paul (Somerset County Council)
Sarah Rose (Somerset County Council)
John Rowlands (Environment Agency)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Ian Tier (Somerset County Council)

Apologies:
Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Rebecca Horsington (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Sarah Wakefield (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Haylee Wilkins (Mendip District Council)
Martin Woods (South Somerset District Council)

AGENDA

1 Apologies for Absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting 11 September 2020
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 3 Draft minutes of SRA Board meeting on 11 September 2020

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

5 2020 Progress Update
Purpose: Presentation on activity to date this year
Lead: Jonathan Hudston

6 Quarter 2 2020-21 Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Leads: Rebecca Hall
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6 SRA Board Paper Quarter 2 2020-21 SRA Finance Report 11 December 2020

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 SRA 2021-22 Enhanced Programme and Budget

7a. SRA 2021-22 Enhanced Programme and Budget
Purpose: To review and provisionally approve
Lead: David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 7a SRA Board Paper 2021-22 Enhanced Programme and Budget 11 December 2020
ITEM 7a Appendix 2 2021-22 Enhanced Programme List – no costs

7b. SRA 2021-22 Enhanced Programme additional proposals
Purpose: To consider a second tranche of Enhanced Programme proposals
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 7b SRA Board Paper 2021-22 Enhanced Programme additional proposals 11 December 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The main reports for Item 7a and 7b are 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).

8 Key Project Updates

8a: Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership funding update
Purpose: Verbal update
Lead: David Mitchell

8b: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Purpose: Presentation about progress and next steps
Lead: Matt Heard
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8b SRA Board Presentation Strategic Approach to Mitigation 11 December 2020

8c: River Sowy – King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) enhancements
Purpose: Update
Lead: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8c SRA Board Paper Sowy King’s Sedgemoor Drain Enhancements Scheme 11 December 2020

9 Risks and Issues
Purpose: Annual Board review of Strategic risks and issues
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 9 SRA Board Paper Risks and Issues 11 December 2020

10 2021-22 Administration
Purpose: Updates for information
Lead: Chair

10a: Calendar of meetings
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 10a SRA Board Paper DRAFT Calendar of meetings 2021-22 11 December 2020

10b: Memorandum of Understanding
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 10b SRA Board Paper DRAFT 2021-22 Memorandum of Understanding 11 December 2020

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

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

12a: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12a SRA Board Paper to Note Bridgwater Tidal Barrier 11 December 2020

12b: Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12b SRA Board Paper to Note Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme 11 December 2020

12c: River Brue Brue dredging
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12c SRA Board Paper to Note River Brue Dredging 11 December 2020

12d-i: River Parrett dredging – Oath to Burrowbridge
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12di SRA Board Paper to Note Oath to Burrowbridge Pioneer Dredging 11 December 2020

12d-ii: River Parrett dredging – Northmoor to M5
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12dii SRA Board Paper to Note Northmoor to M5 Dredging 11 December 2020

PDF of Agenda and Guidance Notes

For more information relating to the meeting, such as public attendance and access, please see below:
Document (downloadable PDF): Agenda and guidance notes for SRA Board meeting 11 December 2020

Next SRA Board meeting: 10am on Friday 5 March 2021. This meeting is currently expected to be held online but if this situation changes, information about the venue chosen will be published on this website.

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