Well over a month ago I reported the coating of mud and silt on the Irwell River Path to several officers at Salford Council.
Over a month later I emailed them again to ask why they had done nothing about it....
I won't publish the embarasing email chain on this blog, but needless to say there has been no work done at all here, despite what some might claim.
Whilst some of the finer silts have been blown away by the wind, the mud still remains in many places.
On a wet morning the mix of fine sant and mud sticks to the bike and provides a nasty grinding paste for your brakes to eat into your wheel rims. It also sticks to the inside of mudguards and generally gets everywhere, no doubt shortening the life of various bike components.
Further along even this patch of crap has yet to wash away in the rain.
However, it's not the only part of the path that is being neglected.
All that gardening work earlier in the year that involved the closure of the path? Nothing but a patch of weeds.
A bit further west, mind how you go as the railings have gone...
All this work on the Irwell River Park seems to be going to waste. It seems to be easy to gain capital grants for major pieces of work. However, once that initial work is done there seems to be no money to carry out routine path maintenance.
This is not just a problem with the Irwell River Park. The Trans Pennine Trail is nothing but a muddy track in places, only suitable for mountain bikes. Maintenance is a serious problem for the National Cycle Network and other bike routes. I will post more about other routes in the coming weeks.