After much 'robust' (!) discussion behind with the scenes with Severn Trent, Alex was delighted to secure a commitment from the water company to end the decades-long practice of sewage spills into the River Chelt, and to invest in a major engineering upgrade.
Major progress has been made and Alex joined engineers and water chiefs for the laying of the pipes of the much larger sewers that are being installed to address the issue.
With work expected to be completed by January, we are in touching distance of fixing this problem in our town – and securing a cleaner and greener river for future generations of Cheltonians, and local wildlife, to enjoy.
Sewage spills at times of heavy rain are a feature of water safety systems in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and elsewhere. Here in Cheltenham, we're taking the lead in consigning this practice to history.
You can listen to Alex's interview on BBC Radio Gloucestershire by clicking HERE and fast forwarding until 2:07:00