Rivers Board plan announced for Somerset

This is The West Country: Rivers Board plan announced for Somerset Rivers Board plan announced for Somerset

A SOMERSET Flood Action Plan meeting has 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.

Proposals being considered include an appropriate catchment-wide funding mechanism to generate additional funds.

The meeting of the Leaders Implementation Group on Friday, which includes representatives from all of the agencies involved in delivering the Flood Action Plan, agreed proposals need to be brought forward with “some urgency”.

County Councillor John Osman, chair of the group and county council leader, said: “The Somerset Rivers Board can play a key role as part of this comprehensive programme.

“The intention is that initial proposals are available for discussion with the Secretary of State on his next visit to Somerset in early July.”

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

I like many are pleased to see that some work is being carried out on the Banks of the R Parrett, but like many an interested party, either with direct concerns, of owning property that had been allowed to be Flooded by the EA, during the recent winter Rainfalls, or knowing of the plight of these unfortunate residents, who will still in most cases not be back into their homes and Businesses b4 next Autumn / Winter 2014.
It has for them been nothing short of Catastropic Event, which Must NOT
B Allowed to be repeated.
So just how much of the River Parretts banks are to be Dredged @ this Phase, how much extra Capacity will this planned Work, give to the Rivers ability to cope with the Excess Rainfall, that eventually finds it 's way into the King Sedgemoor Drain, the Stowey, and the Rivers Tone and R Parrett.
Will we be given real assurances that this coming Autumn, with whatever the Winter Rainfall throws @ us the Rivers will have enough Capacity to handle the Water into the Estuary out falls at Dunball and further down river on the Coast @ Burnham On Sea.
I have seen no assurances, being given as to how the E Agency, in Tandem with the Association of Drainage Boards, re -Assessing as to what Planned work, as against restorative work, once the damage has occurred.
This past 2 years, has proven that money spent wisely, which despite their Bleating about lack of resources !!! Could have been more actively spent, would have saved £ Thousands of Pounds in insurance Payouts.
The EA have said they were starved of funding, £18 Million on replacement Cars 4x4's equipment , Salaries, etc. £32 Million on a wetlands Project at Steart, for a Wildlife Sanctury, for Beetles and Birds !!!
Somewhere, Some-One had forgotten their Priorities, making sure the No 1 Species, Us the Human Population, was served well, of course the EA were obviously working to E U Criteria Guidelines I'm sure.....
I have seen first hand the devastation that these Floods have had on the Residents of Moorland, BurrowBridge, and My Great Auntie 98 @ Athelney, surrounded by floodwater for 2 -3 months.
I am pleased that the Minister R Hon Ian Paterson Minister, is still on top of things, having attended a recent meeting in Taunton. However, the Comment as to further Dredging Works interest me, and would be pleased if details of these proposals are shared, along with Highways works, if these are the SCC plans to raise the A261 Aller-Taunton Road, this seems to my view a Non Requirement, a sir the Correct Dredging, and Subsequent Pumping takes place in the Future, then there will be No Need to spent Scarce Funding on this Road. But , with my Cynical Head on, it is not for the Residents, but for SCC Staff and Transport to use, to get to and From Taunton.

David L Preece
Blue-Owl
I like many are pleased to see that some work is being carried out on the Banks of the R Parrett, but like many an interested party, either with direct concerns, of owning property that had been allowed to be Flooded by the EA, during the recent winter Rainfalls, or knowing of the plight of these unfortunate residents, who will still in most cases not be back into their homes and Businesses b4 next Autumn / Winter 2014. It has for them been nothing short of Catastropic Event, which Must NOT B Allowed to be repeated. So just how much of the River Parretts banks are to be Dredged @ this Phase, how much extra Capacity will this planned Work, give to the Rivers ability to cope with the Excess Rainfall, that eventually finds it 's way into the King Sedgemoor Drain, the Stowey, and the Rivers Tone and R Parrett. Will we be given real assurances that this coming Autumn, with whatever the Winter Rainfall throws @ us the Rivers will have enough Capacity to handle the Water into the Estuary out falls at Dunball and further down river on the Coast @ Burnham On Sea. I have seen no assurances, being given as to how the E Agency, in Tandem with the Association of Drainage Boards, re -Assessing as to what Planned work, as against restorative work, once the damage has occurred. This past 2 years, has proven that money spent wisely, which despite their Bleating about lack of resources !!! Could have been more actively spent, would have saved £ Thousands of Pounds in insurance Payouts. The EA have said they were starved of funding, £18 Million on replacement Cars 4x4's equipment , Salaries, etc. £32 Million on a wetlands Project at Steart, for a Wildlife Sanctury, for Beetles and Birds !!! Somewhere, Some-One had forgotten their Priorities, making sure the No 1 Species, Us the Human Population, was served well, of course the EA were obviously working to E U Criteria Guidelines I'm sure..... I have seen first hand the devastation that these Floods have had on the Residents of Moorland, BurrowBridge, and My Great Auntie 98 @ Athelney, surrounded by floodwater for 2 -3 months. I am pleased that the Minister R Hon Ian Paterson Minister, is still on top of things, having attended a recent meeting in Taunton. However, the Comment as to further Dredging Works interest me, and would be pleased if details of these proposals are shared, along with Highways works, if these are the SCC plans to raise the A261 Aller-Taunton Road, this seems to my view a Non Requirement, a sir the Correct Dredging, and Subsequent Pumping takes place in the Future, then there will be No Need to spent Scarce Funding on this Road. But , with my Cynical Head on, it is not for the Residents, but for SCC Staff and Transport to use, to get to and From Taunton. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: 0
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree