The quantity of bad behavior from officials at the Environment Agency and their persistence in attempting to evade taking responsibility for their officials antics are both simply unacceptable. The story of the debacle at Avoncliff gets detailed and comprehensive coverage in the book.
In addition - you might, and then again you probably didn't know that Avoncliff has been the subject of a 2 year inquiry by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman - which is.... excoriating.
It is our intention to publish the Ombudsman report here on the blog.
This first PHSO report only covers half of the hydropower saga at Avoncliff .... and the second (and arguably even more toxic) half of the administration of the hydropower impoundment licensing - (post 2012) is awaiting examination....