Summary of Decisions taken at the SRA Board meeting on 11 September 2020

Item 3: Minutes of the meeting on 24 July 2020

Decisions

It was agreed that the minutes of the SRA Board Meeting held on 24 July 2020 should be signed as accurate.

Item 5: Risks and Issues

Decisions

As recommended, the SRA Board noted the latest position in relation to Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal funding SRA projects.

The Board also noted the actions and decisions taken by the SRA Chair and Vice-Chair between Board meetings to enable the Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain Enhancement Scheme to maintain momentum towards construction of Phase 1 of the channel works.

Item 6a: River Parrett Dredging – Oath to Burrowbridge & Northmoor to M5

Decisions

As recommended, the SRA Board noted that grass seeding and mitigation works on Southlake will commence in September. The Board also noted that monitoring is ongoing to determine whether any further environmental mitigation is required.

Item 6b: Sowy/KSD

Decisions

As recommended, the SRA Board noted the latest position with the Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain Enhancements Scheme. The Board also noted that the Environmental Statement for the project is currently being consulted on and that the consultation will close on 13 September.

Item 7: Quarter 1 2020-21 Finance Report

Decisions

As recommended, the SRA Board noted the financial performance as at the end of Quarter One 2020-21.

The Board also approved the re-allocation of contingency as per section two.

Item 9: Riparian Responsibilities

Decisions

As recommended, the SRA Board noted David Jenkin’s Report of a review for the arrangements for determining responsibility for surface water and drainage assets and its recommendations for national moves by the Environment Agency and Defra to review guidance on riparian owners’ responsibilities, to promote that guidance, and to consider further steps.

The Board also considered the actions that the SRA could take to support progress on the recommendations about riparian responsibilities made by Mr Jenkins.

In addition, the SRA Board agreed the Chair should write to Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, expressing support for the recommendations in David Jenkin’s report and enquiring when Defra will be implementing the recommendations,

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