Creating a better place

Tackling waste crime

Environment Agency staff sifting through a waste pile in Hillingdon

In early 2014 approximately 1,000 tonnes of mixed commercial waste was illegally tipped at the former Master Brewer Hotel in Hillingdon.  A new development is proposed to take place on this land and the removal of the illegally deposited waste …

The calm after the storms

Thames Barrier closure on 1 February 2014

I started work at the Thames Barrier in April 2009. During much of my five-year spell with the Environment Agency, it's been relatively uneventful in terms of actual flooding. Indeed, for two winters, we didn't have any flood defence closures …