Agenda for SRA Board meeting on 24 July 2020

A meeting of the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was held online at 10.05am on Friday 24 July 2020. The meeting was held ‘virtually’ because of the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read a summary of decisions taken at the SRA Board meeting on 24 July 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 Mike Stanton (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Sarah Wakefield (Somerset West and Taunton Council)

In Attendance:
Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Roger Burge (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Cllr Norman Cavill (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)
John Rowlands (Environment Agency)

Donna Gowler (Natural England)
Chris Hall (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Rebecca Horsington (Parrett IDB)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)


1 Apologies for Absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting 6 March 2020
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 3 Draft minutes of SRA Board meeting held on 6 March 2020

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

5 Key Project Updates

5a: Oath to Burrowbridge dredging
Purpose: Update
Lead: Roger Burge
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 5a SRA Board Oath to Burrowbridge Dredging

5b: River Sowy – King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) enhancements
Purpose: Update
Lead: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 5b SRA Board Sowy Kings Sedgemoor Drain enhancements

6 SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel
Purpose: To report any Panel comments and recommendations
Lead: David Mitchell

7 SRA Annual Report 2019-20
Purpose: To update the Board
Leads: Jonathan Hudston, David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 7 SRA Board paper on SRA DRAFT Annual Report 2019-20
ITEM 7 Appendix SRA DRAFT Annual Report 2019-20 24 July 2020 full length 7MB version

8 Quarter 4 2019-20 Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Leads: Rebecca Hall
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8 SRA Board Quarter 4 2019-20 Finance Report

PLEASE NOTE: The main finance report for Item 8 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).

9 Flood Action Plan Review
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell

10 SRA policies and grant guidelines
Purpose: To review changes and approve
Lead: David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 10 SRA Board Policies and Grant Guidelines Review 24 July 2020
ITEM 10a SRA Policies Grant Guidelines REVISED
ITEM 10b SRA Policies Grant Guidelines ORIGINAL

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: Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12a SRA Board Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme

12b: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12b SRA Board Strategic Approach to Mitigation

12c: Brue catchment schemes
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12c SRA Board Brue Catchment schemes

12d: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12d SRA Board Bridgwater Tidal Barrier 24 July 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 24 July 2020

Next SRA Board meeting: 10am on Friday 11 September 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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