SOUTH CHILTERNS CATCHMENT PILOT STEERING GROUP MEETING
22 APRIL 2013
Summary of actions from the meeting
- MF will update the Terms of Reference and distribute a second draft.
- MF to send Steering Group the email address list of members.
- FWR will place minutes on the catchment pilot section of their website.
- RA will email his presentation to all.
- SW will send FWR and EA a summary of the report from the Pang Valley Countryside Project (due end May).
- JB will send maps where waterbodies are failing because of agricultural interests to AF.
- JB will talk to EA agricultural officers re: WFD/agri-environment schemes.
- All to forward any details of Thames Water incidents to DH.
- JB/SW to investigate the possibility of a ‘Rivers Week’ activity (habitat enhancement work) on the Pang.
- FWR will distribute the EA list of issues and projects to all.
- Steering Group members who have not already done so, will send issues and projects lists to MF. Once compiled, FWR will distribute a master list of issues and projects.
- JB to raise with her line manager the issue of the Pang sub-catchment being taken out of the S Chilterns catchment and placed with the Kennet.
- JB to refine her timeline and distribute to all.
- JB/RA to send out the EA’s Options Appraisal document in August.
- The next meeting will be early August or early September.
Summary of main points from the meeting
- Parish Councils need to be represented via their local councils. Hopefully Oxfordshire CC will be represented in due course. Bucks CC should be approached again.
- Catchment Sensitive Farming does not overlap with our area but there are areas of mutual interest.
- EA must present ‘top priorities and options for action’ in June/July 2013. Jenni explained that the ‘options appraisal’ will then look at specific issues, and options for how to deal with them will be considered and a document will be produced, scheduled for August. A framework of the catchment plan must be produced in December 2013.
- The catchment management plan needs to be long-term rather than reacting to specific seasonal or one-off occurrences.
- AB pointed out that local stakeholders should decide the top priorities and that this group needs to reflect the stakeholders’ thoughts. The Wye/Pang/Middle Thames have different priorities.
- It is essential that stakeholders see the group taking action and doing things, not sitting in an office.
- The possibility of file sharing for the group was discussed, eg Drop Box. Consider again at next meeting.
- The catchment plan can be divided up in different ways, eg by issue or sub-catchment. It was agreed that it would be more useful to divide by sub-catchment as it will be clearer for people to look at.
- Should the catchment plan be on the web, available on disc or on paper? It was agreed that it should be web-based with some paper copies also available.
|Maxine Forshaw (MF)
||Foundation for Water Research
|Neil Tyler (NT)
||Foundation for Water Research
|Jenni Balmer (JB)
|Ross Agutter (RA)
|Brian Roberts (BR)
|Suzanne Bannon (SB)
|John Archer (JA)
|Allen Beechey (AB)
||Chiltern Chalk Stream Project
|Andrew Fielder (AF)
|Dick Greenaway (DG)
||West Berkshire Countryside Society
|Sally Wallington (SW)
||West Berkshire farming & Countryside Project
|Daryl Henehan (DH)
|Henry Oliver (HO)
|| North Wessex Downs AONB
|Dave Wales (DW)
||Thame Fisheries Consultative
|Richard West (RW)
||Wycombe District Council
|Giles Strother (GS)
|Mike Overall (MO)
||Revive The Wye & The Chiltern Society