Agenda for Somerset Rivers Authority Board meeting on 10 December 2021

A meeting of the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was held at 10.30am on Friday 10 December 2021, online using Microsoft Teams.

Read a summary of decisions taken at the Somerset Rivers Authority Board meeting on 10 December 2021.

Read the draft minutes of the SRA Board meeting held on 10 December 2021.

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

Members of SRA Board:
Tony BradfordVice-Chair (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency – Substitute)
Cllr Mike Caswell (Sedgemoor District Council)
Cllr Dixie Darch (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Jeff Fear (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr David HallChair (Somerset County Council)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Claire Newill (Natural England)
Cllr Mike Stanton (South Somerset District Council)

In Attendance:

Dave Coles (Sedgemoor District Council)
Michele Cusack (Somerset County Council)
Jamie Jackson (Somerset County Council)
Katy Menday (South Somerset District Council)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Graham Quarrier (Environment Agency)
Ann Rhodes (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
John Rowlands (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Jonathan Stevens (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Ian Tier (Somerset County Council)

Apologies:

Emma Baker (Environment Agency)
Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Paula Hewitt (Somerset County Council)
Rebecca Horsington (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Garfield Kennedy (Mendip District Council – Substitute Board member)
Cllr Matt Martin (Mendip District Council)
Clare Paul (Somerset County Council – Substitute Board member)
Haylee Wilkins (Mendip District Council)

AGENDA

1 Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
Purpose: Governance
Lead: David Mitchell

2 Apologies for Absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

3 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

4 Minutes of previous meeting held on 10 September 2021
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 4 Draft Minutes of SRA Board meeting on 10 September 2021

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

6 Quarter 2 2021-22 SRA Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Ian Tier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6 SRA Board Paper Quarter 2 2021-22 Finance Report 10 December 2021

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 as an Appendix to Item 6. 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 2022-23 SRA Enhanced Programme
Purpose: For review and provisional approval
Lead: David Mitchell
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 7 2022-23 SRA Enhanced Programme and Budget 10 December 2021
ITEM 7 Appendix 1 to SRA Board Paper 2022-23 SRA Enhanced Programme project summaries 10 December 2021

PLEASE NOTE: The main report for Item 7 is not confidential, nor is Appendix 1, but additional detailed financial information has been made available only to SRA Board Members as Item 7 Appendix 2. 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).

Key Project Updates

8a River Sowy – King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) Enhancements Scheme
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Graham Quarrier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8a SRA Board Paper River Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain Enhancements Scheme 10 December 2021

8b Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Ann Rhodes

Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8b SRA Board Paper Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme 10 December 2021

8c Parrett and Sowy Mitigation Action Plan
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: John Rowlands
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 8c SRA Board Paper Mitigation Action Plan 10 December 2021
ITEM 8c Appendix to SRA Board Paper Mitigation Action Plan Midelney Protocol DRAFT 10 December 2021

9 River Brue
Purpose: To update the Board on progress
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 9 SRA Board Paper River Brue 10 December 2021

10 Flood Action Plan review
Purpose: To update the Board on progress and next steps
Lead: David Mitchell

11 2022-23 Administration

11a Calendar of meetings
Purpose: For approval
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12a SRA Board Paper DRAFT 2022-23 Calendar of meetings 10 December 2021

11b Local Memorandum of Understanding and Constitution
Purpose: To review changes in preparation for signing at the March 2022 SRA Board meeting
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12b DRAFT 2022-23 SRA Local Memorandum of Understanding and Constitution 10 December 2021

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

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

13a Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 14a SRA Board Paper to note Bridgwater Tidal Barrier 10 December 2021

13b Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 14b SRA Board Paper to note Strategic Approach to Mitigation 10 December 2021

For more information relating to the meeting, such as public attendance and access, please see below:
Document (downloadable PDF): SRA Board Meeting Agenda and Public Guidance Notes 10 December 2021

Next SRA Board meeting: 10am on Friday 4 March 2022. The venue is to be confirmed.

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