Agenda for Somerset Rivers Authority Board meeting on 10 September 2021

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

Read a summary of decisions taken at the SRA Board meeting held on 10 September 2021.

Read the minutes of the SRA Board meting held on 10 September 2021.

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

Members of SRA Board:
Emma Baker (Environment Agency)
Tony BradfordVice-Chair (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
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)
Cllr Matt Martin (Mendip District Council)
Claire Newill (Natural England)
Cllr Mike Stanton (South Somerset District Council)
Maurice Wall (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)

In Attendance:

Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Michele Cusack (Somerset County Council)
Ross Edwards (Environment Agency)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Jamie Jackson (Somerset County Council)
Katy Menday (South Somerset District Council)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
John Rowlands (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Katherine Schollar (Sedgemoor District Council)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Ben Thorne (for Item 7 – Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest)
Ian Tier (Somerset County Council)
Sue Tomlinson (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Haylee Wilkins (Mendip District Council)


Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Roger Burge (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Rebecca Horsington (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)


1 Apologies for Absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting held on 23 July 2021
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 3 Draft Minutes of SRA Board meeting on 23 July 2021

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

5 Quarter 1 2021-22 SRA Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Ian Tier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 5 SRA Board Paper Quarter 1 2021-22 Finance Report 10 September 2021

PLEASE NOTE: The main finance report for Item 5 is not confidential, but additional detailed financial information has been made available only to SRA Board Members as Item 5a. 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

6a: Bridgwater Tidal Barrier
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6a SRA Board Paper Bridgwater Tidal Barrier 10 September 2021

6b River Sowy – King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) Enhancements Scheme
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6b SRA Board Paper River Sowy Kings Sedgemoor Drain 10 September 2021

6c Mitigation Action Plan
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: John Rowlands
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6c SRA Board Paper Mitigation Action Plan 10 September 2021
ITEM 6c SRA Board Appendix 1 Mitigation Action Plan details 10 September 2021

7 Defra Environmental Land Management (ELM) Test and Trial
Purpose: To update the Board on project progress and request a variation to the original scope
Lead: Ben Thorne
Documents (downloadable PDF): ITEM 7 SRA Board Paper ELM Test and Trial 10 September 2021

8 River Brue
Purpose: To update the Board on progress
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 8 SRA Board Paper River Brue 10 September 2021

9 2022-23 SRA Enhanced Programme
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 9 SRA Board Paper 2022-23 Enhanced Programme 10 September 2021

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

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 Paper Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme 10 September 2021

12b: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 12b SRA Board Paper Strategic Approach to Mitigation 10 September 2021

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

Next SRA Board meeting: 10am on Friday 10 December 2021. The venue is to be confirmed.

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