New Somerset Rivers Authority Revealed
The new Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was officially launched at the weekend on January 31 – with doubly good news as the work of the Flood Action Plan, for which it is now responsible, received a three quarters of a million pound funding boost.
The SRA’s set up, start date and interim funding for the coming financial year was recently agreed between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Somerset’s five local authorities and the Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards.
The new SRA will help identify what is needed, and fund and deliver a higher standard of flood protection in Somerset than is currently provided, as well as ensure the large number of separate flood risk management authorities in the county work together through a combined programme
Now a website explaining more about the SRA and its work has been developed for the launch, and the first Board meeting has been set for February 27 – at which a Chairman and Deputy will be elected.
Defra is providing £1.9 million funding for the SRA’s first year, with partners Somerset County Council providing £600,000, and between them Sedgemoor District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, South Somerset District Council, Mendip District Council, West Somerset District Council and Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards are providing £200,000.