Green councillors have accused Bristol council’s administration of “enormous incompetence” for failing to carry out important works to repair Bristol’s ‘chocolate path’ long after funding was approved in September 2018, leading to its recent collapse and the closure of Cumberland road.
Southville Councillors Charlie Bolton and Steve Clarke quizzed the Mayor about works to repair the cycle path and called for action in January 2018. Following this a cabinet paper in September 2018 committed some funding to carry out work on the path. The paper and accompanying publicity made a case for quick action to avoid further costs and warned of the impact of winter weather:
However with no work done to repair the path after two winters, the chocolate path eventually collapsed, compromising Cumberland road. The Council have not yet confirmed the cost involved in fixing the path and shoring up the road. Councillor Threllfall has since tweeted ‘I told you so’, and that ‘Qs have to be asked as to what happened between Oct 18 & Oct 19’ when the Mayor took over transport after she left the Cabinet.
Green Councillor for Southville Charlie Bolton said: “It is ironic that on the same day as the Bristol Post reports that the Labour administration says it deserves ‘a pat on the back’, part of the Chocolate Path quite literally crumbles into the river after years of neglect.”
“Stopping parts of Bristol just slipping into the river is absolutely a basic responsibility of the council. The administration failed to follow its own advice, and it has to be said this is an act of enormous incompetence.”