Tag Archives: Somerset Rivers Authority

Vital schemes to protect road bridge and improve water flow now complete

Two major schemes in Bridgwater to improve the flow of water in King’s Sedgemoor Drain and protect an important road bridge have been completed – just before the first severe storm of the winter. Somerset County Council teamed up with the Somerset Rivers Authority to remove the foundations of the old arched bridge at Dunball […]

New barriers to shut the gate on flooding

New gates have been installed at eight locations across the Somerset Levels and Moors to close roads and keep motorists safe in the event of serious flooding. The emergency road closure gates will be used in place of temporary ‘road closed’ signs in an effort to stop vehicles driving through flood water and potentially getting […]

Somerset Rivers Authority to ask Ministers for legal powers to raise funds

The Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) today agreed to recommend to Ministers a funding option for future flood protection which could establish it as a new statutory body with legal powers to raise income. It also agreed to ask the Secretary of State for the Environment for interim funding for the next financial year to carry […]

What Somerset wants

Somerset County Council is today setting out a manifesto for what it wants Westminster to help deliver for the County. A fairer funding settlement and progress on major infrastructure projects are among the items on the ‘What Somerset Wants’ agenda that the County Council Leader, John Osman, has been is raising with Somerset MPs. The […]

Toast to the completion of the Beer Wall flood works

Somerset County Council and partners today toasted the formal finishing of the second stage of major flood protection works at Beer Wall. The four culverts, measuring 2 metres tall by 3 metres wide, installed under the A372 will allow water to pass under the road at times of severe flooding, as well as paving the […]

Muchelney road-raising scheme wins top award

An ambitious scheme to reduce the impact of future flooding in Somerset was crowned the winner of a prestigious national award in London last week. Somerset County Council’s scheme to raise the road to Muchelney won the Effective Transport and Infrastructure Delivery Award in The Municipal Journal (MJ) Achievement Awards 2015. The scheme, which saw […]

Outcomes of the first Somerset Rivers Authority Board Meeting

Somerset County Council Leader John Osman was elected chairman of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) Board at its first meeting today. Cllr Osman, who has been Chair of the Flood Action Plan Leaders Implementation Group, was elected by fellow board members and Tony Bradford, Vice Chair of the Parrett Internal Drainage Board and chair of […]

First Board Meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority

The first meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) will take place this Friday following the creation of the authority at the end of January. The SRA will help shape and improve flood management in the county, identifying what work is needed and funding and delivering a higher standard of flood protection. It will also […]

Double celebration as new Somerset Rivers Authority gets £750,000 funding boost

The new Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was officially launched over the weekend – with doubly good news as the work of the Flood Action Plan, for which it is now responsible, has received a three quarters of a million pound funding boost. The SRA’s set up, start date and interim funding for the coming financial […]

Somerset Floods brought to the fore at world’s biggest Flood prevention event by Council Leader

“The fight isn’t over for flood-hit Somerset” – this is the message Somerset County Council Leader John Osman has delivered to the world’s biggest flood prevention conference. Cllr Osman presented on the ‘Somerset Flooding Story’ of 2013/14, and the recovery effort, at the London-based Flood Defence and Protection Expo at the ExCel Arena on Friday […]