A whistleblower has broken cover to reveal a SCANDALOUS series of HAZARDOUS health and safety breaches in the infrastructure of Bristol Docks.
The major problems we EXPOSE represent a danger to the public, to users of the docks and to the city as whole as it’s unlikely that the city’s flood defences are properly maintained.
Our contact claims that council docks boss, the notorious bully and incompetent, TONY “AHAB” NICHOLS and his useless sidekick, Chief Engineer KEVIN “WHAT DOCK? ” POMEROY have allowed the docks to fall into this serious state of disrepair “due to either their total INDIFFERENCE or complete INCOMPETENCE”.
We’re also told that this is after the pair were entrusted with £17m of tax payer investment for the docks. Here’s the full list of issues:
☠ Not ‘de-muddied’ in four years
☠ Bearings on operating arms seized
☠ Shear joints (an engineered weak spot to protect gates and machinery) welded top and bottom
☠ As outer gates, except water ingress to High Pressure Units (HPUs) running biodegradeable oil and causing damage to delicate machinery
☠ Spear post ends to sluice gate not repaired – refitted in very worn condition
93 Stop Gates
☠ Not recoated inside depite promises to the Environment Agency as condition of securing money for new stop gates
☠ Only one of four operational for many years Emergency Paddle House
☠ Over six years spent changing from geared operation to hydraulic. Still none operational. (Wrong size rams were bought, wrong HPU. New HPU taken from Brunel subways)
☠ Plimsoll: gutter is still not cleaned six months after breakdown, which was ultimately caused by this. Breakdown occurred at 16:15. Chief Docks Engineer Kevin Pomeroy would not answer his phone (during core working hours). He arrived eventually at 20:00. He did not call any engineering staff out although press were told they had
☠Redcliffe and Prince Street Bridge: badly corroded, massive holes in structure
☠ More mud in the dock and Feeder Canal than at any time in the last 20 years.
It’s clear that out City Docks have been mismanaged and abused by Cap’n Ahab and Pomeroy. And it’s clear that they are simply not up to their well-paid jobs.
Now we say to the pair of them: “For gods sake – and for everyone’s sake – go. And go now .”