Stoke-on-Trent MP visits site of £2.1m work to prevent sewer flooding at local school

Tuesday 17 April

Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton has visited Clarice Cliff Primary School to find out about a multi-million pound Severn Trent project that is underway to help protect the school from sewer flooding.

Mr. Brereton had an opportunity to find out more about the £2.1m investment that will help reduce the risk of flooding for pupils and teachers at the school. 

Mr. Brereton said: “I know the school has faced some difficult challenges following flooding in recent years so it’s really exciting to see the scale of work that is underway and the huge benefits it will bring in the future. 

“I am pleased that Severn Trent have identified this as a priority and are making a significant investment to make sure the school can operate safely and free from the worry of flooding in the future.” 

Debbie Goodale, who is leading the project for Severn Trent, added: “We’ve recognised there’s a real problem here and we know it’s totally unacceptable to have youngsters at risk of flooding during spells of heavy rain. It’s the last thing that anyone would want.

“That’s why we’ve taken the decision to make a substantial investment and make sure daily life can continue without the worry of flooding when it rains.

“We’re delighted that work is now underway on the solution to this problem and we’ll continue to work really closely with the school and local people to keep them updated as our work continues.”

As part of the project engineers will be installing a huge new waste water tank underground that will be able to cope with the increase of water in the sewers when it rains.  

New sewer pipes are also being put in place to make sure the system is as reliable as possible for the future. Work began last week and is expected to be finished by the end of the year. 

The scheme forms part of Severn Trent’s commitment to invest in its infrastructure which will see the equivalent of £1,400 invested for every home and business it serves between 2015 and 2020.