Published: Friday, 13th January 2023

Ground investigation work is set to start next week at the Pump Room Gardens, Midland Oak Park, Riverside Walk and Leam Road, Leamington Spa.

The work, which is being undertaken by Severn Trent Water, is the first stage of a £multi-million programme to improve water quality in the River Leam, by reducing overflows and spills from the local sewer network.

The survey areas will be fenced off while the contractors are on site, which is expected to be around ten days.

This project is part of Severn Trent’s Green Recovery Bathing Rivers programme, with a total of £78m being invested to improve the water quality along more than 50km of rivers in Warwickshire and Shropshire.

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, Leisure and Environment, Councillor Judith Falp commented:

“Severn Trent’s plans to improve water quality could offer significant benefits to residents offering the potential for more water-based activities as well enhancing the biodiversity of these areas.  

“We thank our park users for their patience and cooperation while these important surveys are taking place.”

Wilfred Denga, Bathing Rivers Programme lead at Severn Trent said:

“While we don’t own our region’s rivers, we recognise that we have an important role to play in improving river health. We’re really excited about the work we’re going to be doing across Warwickshire to achieve healthier and cleaner rivers, and we can’t wait for our local communities to enjoy the benefits of this, no matter how they use the rivers.

“This early ground investigation work is vital and will help us work out exactly what we need to do further down the line. We really appreciate everyone’s patience while we carry out this work.”

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