The Board discussed the IDB Review at some length and noted the concerns expressed by all of the other IDBs at Defra's proposals for a single sub-catchment board which were considered impractical and unworkable. The Clerk reported on discussions held with Mr Geoff Beel, who had been appointed to conduct a review of the Middle Level area. Mr Beel did not support the Defra proposal and, in view of the changing climate within Flood Risk Management, in the light of the Pitt Review and the proposed Flood and Water Bill, had advised a cautionary approach. He had, however, highlighted the accountability of IDBs under the present system. The Clerk reported that he had written to the local authorities within the Middle Level area following the Pitt Review and had also been in contact with the recently appointed Chairman of the Central Area Regional Flood Defence Committee. The Board noted the resolution of the Middle Level Board in that they approved an approach on the same lines as that suggested for Norfolk and Suffolk IDBs but felt that Defra's views on this needed to be known, before it could be adopted. The Clerk also referred to the publication of proposals for the Flood and Water Management Bill, which contained a number of provisions which he felt would adversely affect IDBs. A meeting of affected Chairmen would be called later in the year. The Clerk referred to a change in the position of ADA. The Chairman criticised the position of ADA and referred to issues with potential food shortages. He queried Jean Venables' involvement.
The Clerk reported on draft documentation regarding Financial Regulations and Members' Code of Conduct.
The Board noted the advice received from Defra on consortium arrangements.
The precept figure of £1,629 was now accepted and the appeal lodged in February withdrawn.
The Clerk reported on progress with the GIS system and referred to the Environmental Officer's newsletter. He reminded the Board of the need to complete a BAP by April 2010 and reported on the steps that were being taken.
Reports were received on the Water Framework Directive, the position regarding Defra grant-in-aid and spoil disposal.
The payments and accounts were approved.
The Board received the Report of their Consulting Engineers and from the Chairman and noted that only maintenance works were required for this year. It was noted that the 2008/2009 works had progressed satisfactorily. A report of tipping was to be made to the Environment Agency however. The Board noted that their District System was generally in good order