Agenda for Somerset Rivers Authority Board meeting on 23 July 2021

A meeting of the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was held online at 10am on Friday 23 July 2021.

Read a summary of decisions taken at the SRA Board meeting on 23 July 2021.

Read the minutes of the SRA Board meeting held on 23 July 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)
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)
Rebecca Horsington (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
David Jenkins (Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee)
Cllr Matt Martin (Mendip District Council)
Claire Newill (Substitute – Natural England)
Cllr Mike Stanton (South Somerset District Council)

In Attendance:

Doug Bamsey (Sedgemoor District Council)
Dr Rachel Burden (Environment Agency)
Gary Cutts (Environment Agency)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Katy Menday (South Somerset District Council)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Ian Tier (Somerset County Council)
Sue Tomlinson (Somerset West and Taunton Council)


Tony BradfordVice-Chair (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
Roger Burge (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)
Michele Cusack (Somerset County Council)
Donna Gowler (Natural England)
Chris Hall (Somerset West and Taunton Council)
Matthew Heard (Natural England)
Maurice Wall (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)

Minute taker:
Emma Morgan (Somerset Rivers Authority)


1 Apologies for Absence
Purpose: Clarification
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
Lead: Chair

3 Minutes of previous meeting held on 5 March 2021
Purpose: To agree accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 3 DRAFT minutes of SRA Board meeting on 5 March 2021

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

5 SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel
Purpose: To feedback any comments and recommendations from the SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel
Lead: David Mitchell

6 Quarter 4 2020-21 SRA Finance Report
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Ian Tier
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 6 SRA Board Paper Quarter 4 2020-21 Finance Report 23 July 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 Item 6a. 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 SRA Annual Report 2020-21
Purpose: To review the report
Lead: Jonathan Hudston
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 7 SRA Board Paper SRA DRAFT Annual Report 2020-2021 for 23 July 2021
ITEM 7 SRA DRAFT Annual Report 2020-21 for 23 July 2021

8 Peat Strategy South West Task Force
Purpose: Verbal update to the Board about Task Force discussions
Lead: Tony Bradford

9 Key Project Updates

9a River Sowy – King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) Enhancements Scheme
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Rachel Burden
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 9a SRA Board Paper River Sowy Kings Sedgemoor Drain 23 July 2021

9b River Brue dredging
Purpose: To update the Board
Lead: Roger Burge
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 9b SRA Board Paper River Brue Dredging 23 July 2021

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

11 Riparian responsibilities
Purpose: To review the SRA’s response to Law Commission consultation
Leads: David Mitchell, Jonathan Hudston
Documents (downloadable PDFs): ITEM 11 SRA Board Paper Riparian Responsibilities submission to Law Commission 23 July 2021
ITEM 11 Appendix 1 Draft SRA Board Riparian Resposnibilities submission to Law Commission 23 July 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 13a SRA Board Paper to Note Bridgwater Tidal Barrier 23 July 2021

13b: Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 13b SRA Board Paper to Note Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme 23 July 2021

13c: Strategic Approach to Mitigation
Document (downloadable PDF): ITEM 13c SRA Board Paper to Note Strategic Approach to Mitigation 23 July 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 Guidance Notes 23 July 2021

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

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