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Somerset Rivers Authority annual report

After three years on the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA), Cllr Mike Stanton is delighted to have succeeded David Hall as its Chair. He said “I’m grateful to him for his leadership over the years, and to Tony Bradford of the Parrett Internal Drainage Board for continuing as Vice-Chair: his knowledge and advice are invaluable. “

“Flooding in Somerset is a constant threat. The terrible 2013-14 floods drove the creation of the SRA. 2021’s run-off flood damage in Chard and other places reminds us that the climate can strike harm at any moment. There is still have much work to do.”

In 2021-22, the SRA spent £2.8 million on extra flood protection and resilience work. Across the county, from Dulverton to Frome, hundreds of places have benefited from the SRA’s investment in activities designed to protect people, properties, businesses and roads, while enhancing local environments.

Attached are two versions of their just-published SRA Annual Report 2021-22. The report describes and illustrates a wide range of projects, from major works, such as the now-confirmed Bridgwater Tidal Barrier, down to very local actions in individual fields, hedges, ponds, rhynes, ditches, drains and culverts. The full version includes some 80 photographs, charts and illustrations. The shorter version is a quicker read – informative and visual: https://www.somersetriversauthority.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Somerset-Rivers-Authority-Annual-Report-2021-22-summary-version.pdf

Alternatively, you can access the entire text, split up into accessible sections, on the SRA’s website at Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2021-22 – Somerset Rivers Authority

The annual report features Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan, which was produced during the floods of 2013-14 and is overseen by the SRA. The SRA and its partners have begun to review that Plan, because most of the actions it recommended have been achieved since 2014, and a lot has changed. £13 million of Growth Deal funding that was allocated by the government in 2014 for Flood Action Plan projects has all been spent, and next year Somerset is getting a new single Somerset Council. Now is a good time to review, revitalise and relaunch the Plan. The SRA will be asking you for your views about it this autumn.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge

 

Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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