THE PROJECT manager of Severn Trent's £25 million sewage upgrade works in Stroud has spoken out on the experience.

The project to reduce sewer flooding in Stroud is moving closer to completion after its tunnel boring machines have finished laying 1.7 km of brand-new sewer pipes. 

The water and waste company is aiming to transform the network in the town by providing those living in Stroud with a reliable sewer network, hoping to create more storage to protect homes and businesses from blockages and flooding, and also improve river health. 

It is planned to be completed in Autumn 2024. 

Project manager Chloe Dobbs, who started working as an apprentice for Severn Trent, described it as a ‘massive learning opportunity’.  

She said: “I moved into Severn Trent’s major projects team in March 2022 and Stroud was the first project I took on as project manager.

Stroud News and Journal: Project manager Chloe Dobbs speaks out about working on the Severn Trent sewage upgrade works in"It covers everything you would expect to see on a big project such as keeping all stakeholders informed and handling any questions they have, handling planning permission, highways agreements, and our involvement with the Environment Agency.  

"I really want to do all I can to deliver a successful project for our customers in Stroud, and I’ve loved meeting our customers across the town. 

“Previously it would have been unusual for a female to be a project manager for projects on this scale, but Severn Trent as a company have been great in encouraging women into this space - everyone is treated equally, and I don’t feel as if I’ve ever been at a disadvantage.

"I hope it shows that you can go for it if you’re passionate enough and really want to make a career in this field.”