Siobhan Ballie MP visits £25m Stroud sewer works project
24th October 2022
Stroud MP, Siobhan Baillie has visited Severn Trent's £25 million sewer improvement project to learn first-hand about the benefits that the scheme will bring to the town’s sewer network.
The scheme, which is being delivered by contractors Galliford Try, will include the installation of over two miles of new pipes alongside upgrades to many of the town’s older Victorian sewers.
An existing sewer pipe that runs through the canal channel will also be removed to support the town's multimillion pound project to reopen the canal between Stroud and the River Severn.
The project is expected to be completed In Spring 2024 and will provide residents of Stroud with a more resilient sewer network, with greater storage and larger pipes that will help to protect homes and businesses from blockages and flooding and meet the demands of a growing population.
Siobhan Ballie MP said: “I have had a few arguments with the government over protecting the water quality in our canals and rivers, so I am genuinely chuffed that Stroud is ahead of the game when it comes to improving our sewage systems.
“This is a major investment of £25 million and it is most welcome. It was fascinating to see what Severn Trent is doing and to better understand the seriously impressive engineering works.
“I am also happy to make a plea to secondary schools in Stroud to come and see what is happening. Severn Trent is keen for pupils to visit as it wants to foster an interest in STEM subjects to encourage the next generation of skilled engineers.”
The tour was hosted by Severn Trent project manager, Chloe Dobbs.
Chloe said: “It was a real pleasure to host this visit and present an overview of the project and the benefits that it will bring to people across Stroud. It’s always fantastic to be able to share some of the great projects we're delivering in the communities where we work, particularly when they can add benefit to people and the environment.”