1. Minutes of the previous meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as an accurate record. All items will be picked up on today’s agenda.
Emily welcomed Helen Dobby back to the chair of the DCIoS CIG.
Anya Gopfert introduced herself to the group and explained that she will be helping the Environment Agency to better quantify the impacts of flooding on the health of society and helping to develop a social prescribing model, linking to nature based solutions for GPs to refer to.
2. Appointment of a contractor to accelerate the work of the group
Emily Reed updated the group on the procurement timetable for a contractor to accelerate the development of an adaptation strategy. She confirmed that the invitation to quote will launch on the 13th of April and end on the 3rd of May. It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded on the 27th of May, to allow service delivery to begin in early June.
It has been decided that quotations will be accessed purely on quality. Emily noted how the discussion from the previous meeting had been incorporated into the questions being asked of bidders, such as a question on their capacity and resource to deliver the project.
Emily also updated the group on the contractors which she had identified to date to notify of the request for quotation with the help of the group, highlighting smaller contractors – as discussed in the March meeting of the CIG.
ACTION: Emily to send more information about the evaluation process and requirements.
Stephen Swabey updated the group that the Environment Agency has increased the Grant in Aid it has awarded the Isles of Scilly to procure a new defence scheme for the island, which will allow them to go back to market.
RSK continue to work with the Isles of Scilly to help them develop their Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. They are holding meetings with the community during May as part of this work.
Stephen has been looking closely at the high tide defences to identify where there are holes. A discussion ensued regarding the approach being taken, including partners experiences with demountable barriers.
ACTION: Helen Dobby to meet with Stephen Swabey to catch up further on activities happening around climate adaptation and flood defences on the Isles of Scilly.