Severn Trent to host community meeting in Leamington as Bathing Rivers project reaches next phase

Thursday 16th May 2024

Severn Trent’s work on its ground-breaking £78 million project to improve river health is progressing well in Leamington.

The project aims to improve the water quality Warwickshire and Shropshire, and help move two stretches, on the rivers Leam and the Teme, towards bathing quality by 2025 – paving the way for improvements to more rivers in the future.    

The next phase of work is due to start on Station Approach Road, so Severn Trent is hosting a community meeting at Leamington Cricket Club next Monday 20th May for locals to hear all about the project, and how teams will be working in the area.

The work will involve the surface water and waste network, which in turn will benefit the River Leam.

The company is hoping to meet those living in the area, to update them on how they plan to be working in the town.

Wilfred Denga, Bathing Rivers Project lead said: “We’re making some great progress with our bathing rivers project, and we’re looking forward to the next stage of work beginning in Leamington and meeting with those living here.

“This phase is vital in making sure we can split the network, which in turn will reduce the impact on our network and benefit the river. To do that, we need to work on our pipes across the network, which may mean some road closures so our teams can work safely.”

Severn Trent teams will be at Leamington Cricket Club, Arlington Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5UG on Monday 20th May between 3pm and 6pm.

This phase of work will start in Station Approach, where the team will work in sections over the next nine months.

“It’s really important that everyone is updated with our plans, and understand how we’ll be working in Leamington, adds Wilfred.

“Our ambition is to reduce our impact on the rivers and help protect the local environment, so this work in Leamington is vital in how we do that, and we’re excited about exploring different ways of working the town.  This work will see us increase storage, while separating our surface water and waste from homes and businesses – helping to reduce the need for overflows.

“Will be great to see as many people who live locally there, so they can hear about the project and ask any questions they may have.”

To find out more about Severn Trent’s Green Recovery Bathing Rivers programme, please follow this link.