Agenda for SRA Board meeting on 11 September 2020

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

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

Below are lists of people who attended from across the SRA partnership, plus the meeting’s agenda and reports.

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)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Cllr Matt Martin (Mendip District Council)
Cllr Robin Bastable (substitute – South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Sarah Wakefield (Somerset West and Taunton Council)

In Attendance:
Dave Coles (Sedgemoor District Council)
Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Roger Burge (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Rebecca Hall (Somerset County Council)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
John Rowlands (Environment Agency)


Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Rebecca Horsington (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
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 24 July 2020
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 3 Draft minutes of SRA Board meeting on 24 July 2020

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

5 Risks and Issues
Purpose: Update on Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal funded projects
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 5 SRA Board Risks and Issues 11 September 2020

6 Key Project Updates

6a: Pioneer dredging (Oath to Burrowbridge, Northmoor to M5)
Purpose: Update
Lead: Roger Burge
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6a SRA Board Oath to Burrowbridge dredging 11 September 2020

6b: River Sowy – King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) enhancements
Purpose: Update
Lead: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6b SRA Board Sowy KSD Enhancements Scheme 11 September 2020

7 Quarter 1 2020-21 Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Leads: Rebecca Hall
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 7 SRA Board Quarter 1 2020-21 SRA Finance Report 11 September 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The main finance report for Item 7 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).

Flood Action Plan Review
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell

9 Riparian responsibilities
Purpose: To update the Board
Leads: David Mitchell, Jonathan Hudston
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 9 SRA Board Riparian Responsibilities 11 September 2020
ITEM 9 Appendix David Jenkins surface water and drainage review for Defra

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

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

11a: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 11a SRA Board Bridgwater Tidal Barrier 11 September 2020

11b: Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 11b SRA Board Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme 11 September 2020

11c: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 11c SRA Board Strategic Approach to Mitigation 11 September 2020

11d: River Brue Brue dredging
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 11d SRA Board River Brue Dredging 11 September 2020

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 September 2020

Next SRA Board meeting: 10am on Friday 11 December 2020. This meeting is currently expected to be held ‘virtually’ but if this situation changes, information about the venue chosen will be published on this website.

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