What is the Somerset Rivers Authority?
Launched on January 31, the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) will work effectively to reduce the frequency, severity and duration of future flooding in Somerset, by unifying the efforts of the drainage boards, the Environment Agency, councils and communities to be better prepared.
The SRA will work to provide a long-term, sustainable solution to the problem of flooding in Somerset, by securing sustainable funding streams, co-ordinating and strengthening efforts to improve flood protection and drainage systems, and by strengthening the resilience of those communities in Somerset that are most vulnerable to flooding. This work will secure the future well-being not only of residents in Somerset, but also those in Devon and Cornwall who were indirectly impacted by the 2013/14 winter flooding.
Please visit the www.somersetriversauthority.org.uk website to learn more about SRA’s work, how it is being funded and key Flood Action Plan achievements in the past year. The website also lists the dates, papers and location of SRA board meetings, all of which are open to the public.
Signing the Local Memorandum of Understanding:
(seated L~R) Somerset County Council
Cllr John Osman (Chairman) and Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board
(standing L~R) Taunton Deane Borough Council
Cllr John Williams, Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board
Ray Adlam, Mendip District Council
Cllr Harvey Siggs, Parrett Internal Drainage Board
Tony Bradford (Vice-Chairman), South Somerset District Council
Cllr Ric Pallister, Sedgemoor District Council
Cllr Dawn Hill, Parrett Internal Drainage Board
Peter Maltby, Natural England
Mark Jones, West Somerset Council
Cllr Tim Taylor, Environment Agency
Nick Gupta and Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee