Man flags up road hazards with cheeky ‘well-endowed’ X-rated graffiti
A cheeky graffiti artist has hit upon a foolproof way to get their local council to pay attention to the many potholes in their area.
Essex County Council has been bombarded with requests to fill in the craters but so far little has been done.
So the mystery prankster has made the potholes impossible to ignore – by highlighting them with a classic crude image.
The eye-catching “artworks” have appeared around deep potholes in The Avenue in Wivenhoe, Essex, over the past year.
The half-mile stretch of road is riddled with potholes.
Local councillor Mark Cory said there could be as many as 100, and so far the unmissable “genital” image has been drawn around about 10 of them.
Many residents of the town – previously included in a Sunday Times list of the Best Places to Live in Britain – have seen the funny side.
Some have posted a series of crude puns and innuendoes on social media about "filling in the holes".
But there is also a more serious side to the new, outlandish art – as the worsening potholes remain unfixed, despite multiple reports to Essex County Council over the past year.
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Cllr Cory, leader of Colchester Borough Council, said while the graffiti has brought a wry smile to many, "serious action" is now needed in order to fill in the craters.
The 33-year-old said: "There have been some excellent puns going around, and I'm fully aware of and enjoying the funny side of it.
"I've made a few jokes about it myself – calling the potholes 'well endowed', and saying that it has 'stiffened my resolve' to get them fixed.
"I can laugh at the new graffiti – but what is more offensive to me is being let down for months and months by Essex County Council.
"There's a serious side to this, too," Cllr Cory said.
"Driving into Wivenhoe is now an obstacle course.
"I have reported these potholes over the past year, and other residents have, too. They filled some, but left many to grow larger and more dangerous.
"It is unacceptable that Essex County Council is having to be shamed into action."
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Cllr Cory suggested the powers for highways could be handed over to Colchester Council.
He added: "I understand they have a large county to cover, but these holes have been an issue for a year now.
"They must invest properly in long lasting repairs and prioritising roads used most by communities."
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On Facebook, people have been enjoying a laugh over the new graffiti – calling it a "phallicy" – but saying it helps to highlight which parts of the road to avoid.
Ben Sutton wrote: "Let's hope when they do fill them, they give them time to properly hard-on."
And Julian Turner joked: "We love a happy ending."
However, Essex Highways failed to see the funny side of the crude artwork.
An Essex Highways spokesman said: "Drawing pictures around defects in a road can be both distractingly dangerous to drivers and offensive to passers-by, especially children.
"It doesn't make any difference to our road maintenance priorities as we deal with defects using a risk assessment process that enables us to deal with the worst problems first.
"Essex Highways will be sending engineers out imminently to do some 'make safe' repairs to some of the potholes in the road.
"Whilst there we will also seek to disguise or remove the offending images.
"The best way for residents to report potholes to Essex Highways is by using our 'report a pothole' website."
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