Minutes, agenda, reports

The Somerset Rivers Authority Joint Scrutiny Panel met at 2pm on 21 May, 2018 in the Luttrell Room at County Hall in Taunton.

Below is a link to the Draft Minutes of the meeting. This document tells you what happened there. It is followed by lists of people attending, the agenda and supporting papers.


SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel meeting Draft Minutes 21 May 2018

Members of the SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel:

Cllr Eve Berry (Mendip District Council)
Cllr Roy Mackenzie (Mendip District Council)
Cllr Phillip Ham (Somerset County Council)
Cllr Alan Wedderkopp (Somerset County Council)
Cllr Sue Steele (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Gerard Tucker (South Somerset District Council)
Cllr Simon Coles – Vice-Chair (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Cllr Libby Lisgo (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Cllr Kathy Pearce (Sedgemoor District Council)
Julian Taylor – Chair (Parrett Internal Drainage Board)
David Tratt (Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board)
Cllr Rosemary Woods (West Somerset Council)

In Attendance:

Tim Burton (Taunton Deane Borough Council)
Jonathan Hudston (Somerset Rivers Authority)
David Mitchell (Somerset Rivers Authority)
Iain Sturdy (Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium)


Cllr Brenda Maitland-Walker (West Somerset Council)
Cllr Brian Smedley (Sedgemoor District Council)


1 Apologies for absence
Purpose: To record apologies for absence
Lead: Chair

2 Declarations of interest
Purpose: Transparency
All members

3 Minutes of meeting held 5 February 2018
Purpose: Confirm accuracy
Lead: Chair
Document (downloadable PDF): Draft Minutes 5 February 2018 SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel meeting

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

5 Minutes of 7 March 2018 SRA Board Meeting
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): SRA Board meeting Draft Minutes 7 March 2018

6 Key project updates

6a Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme
Purpose: Update
Lead: Tim Burton
Document (downloadable PDF): Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme Update

6b Sowy/King’s Sedgemoor Drain (KSD)
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Sowy/KSD Update

6c River Brue
Purpose: Update
Lead: Iain Sturdy
Document (downloadable PDF): River Brue Update

7 Draft SRA End of Year Report 2017-18
Purpose: To receive the report
Lead: Jonathan Hudston
Documents (downloadable PDFs):
2017-18 SRA End of Year Report Introduction Paper
DRAFT SRA End of Year Report 2017-18

8 Q4 2017-18 Finance Report
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Q4 2017-18 Finance Report

PLEASE NOTE: The report for Item 8 is not confidential, but an appendix has been made available only to SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel Members. The appendix contains exempt information and is therefore marked Confidential – Not for Publication. At any point if Members wish to discuss information within this paper then the Panel 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 Precepting Legislation
Purpose: Update
Lead: David Mitchell
Document (downloadable PDF): Precepting Legislation Update

10 1 February 2019 SRA Joint Scrutiny Panel Meeting
Purpose: Update
Lead: Jamie Jackson

11 AOB (Any Other Business)
Purpose: To raise urgent items
Lead: Chair

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