Update on the Somerset Rivers Board

Released on behalf of all the organisations involved in the 20 Year Flood Action Plan

A Somerset Flood Action Plan meeting today agreed to take proposals for a Somerset Rivers Board (SRB) to a meeting with the Secretary of State in early July.

The SRB will be a way for local partners to take more responsibility for flood risk and water management across the County. The options under review include organisational structures, legislative requirements, and funding models. Proposals being considered include an appropriate catchment-wide funding mechanism to generate additional funds.

Today’s meeting of the Leaders Implementation Group, which includes representatives from all of the agencies involved in delivering the Flood Action Plan, agreed that proposals need to be brought forward with some urgency. The intention is that initial proposals are available for discussion with the Secretary of State on his next visit to Somerset in early July.

Once firm proposals have been agreed, next steps would include consultation and engagement on them.

County Councillor John Osman, Chair of the Group and Leader of the County Council, said: “We are determined to continue to drive progress in taking forward the Flood Action Plan. The Somerset Rivers Board can play a key role as part of this comprehensive programme.”

The SRB is being developed as part of the Flood Action Plan, which is being delivered by a range of agencies coordinated by Somerset County Council.