Anger over Worcestershire council's pothole parody video

Highways boss Jon Fraser in the video

Derek Jones has reacted angrily to the spoof

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

THE next time you career over a horrific pothole in Worcestershire, what have you got, if not a lot (of bills to pay)?

One things for sure, Worcestershire County Council’s highways team are doing it “their way” - and if you’re a Frank Sinatra fan, look away now.

Inspired by the popularity of YouTube, County Hall’s road chiefs have put together an amusing, or perhaps embarrassing, mickey-taking video even ‘Ol Blue Eyes might have chuckled at.

The video features tuxedo-sporting highways boss Jon Fraser, singing his own version of ‘My Way’ showing how important it is to report potholes across Worcestershire.

It shows him walking down a road singing “complaints, we get a few”, before belting out “we’ll lay each tarmac course, not when it’s wet, but on a dry day,” with Sinatra’s main line changed to “at work in highways”.

The authority say the video was inspired by Torfaen Council in Wales, which used YouTube and a singing Elvis to spread the word about gritting and maintaining roads in the winter.

The county council’s effort took half a day to create and another day to edit, which cost around £800 and was funded by Ringway, Worcestershire’s highways contractor.

Mr Fraser, who won’t be compared to The Voice any time soon, said: “We're grateful to Torfaen Council for the inspiration, and we're really excited about the launch of Worcestershire Highways' own video, ‘At work in highways’, which we hope broadcasts a serious and important message about the value of reporting potholes in an enjoyable way.”


10 alternative songs they could have chosen

Road to Hell - Chris Rea
(Tar)Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
It’s Only Rock n’ ‘Hole’ But I Like It - The Rolling Stones
Pot-hole lotta love - Led Zeppelin
Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads
Damaged - Damity Kane
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Keep Us On The Road - Beck
Wreck on the Highway - Bruce Springsteen
Bump N’ Grind - R Kelly


REACTION: 'The only answer they've got is a stupid video'

A DRIVER stung by a pothole in Worcestershire says he doesn’t find the video funny - and has questioned the timing of it.
Derek Jones, 54, of Norton, near Worcester, featured on the front page of your Worcester News last week after a hole caused £165 of damage to his car in nearby Church Lane.
Mr Jones, who had his claim for compensation rejected by County Hall, said: “I think it’s stupid and sums up their mentality.
“It’s terribly bad timing, it’s almost as though the only answer they’ve got is to make an embarrassing video with all those blokes in the background, it’s disgusting.”
The county council say they are repairing 200 potholes a day at the moment, and have filled in over 5,000 since January.
The authority says it has 800 miles of roads to maintain across Worcestershire and new potholes are appearing daily.


What do you think? Was the video in bad taste considering recent controversy over potholes, or is it harmless fun to raise awareness of the good work being done?

Whatever your view, use the form below to let us know.

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1:50pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Maggie Would says...

Well, before the knockers start, I love it!
There's no harm in having a bit of a laugh. No doubt I'll be shot down in flames for daring not to attack WCC ....
Well, before the knockers start, I love it! There's no harm in having a bit of a laugh. No doubt I'll be shot down in flames for daring not to attack WCC .... Maggie Would
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2:18pm Thu 14 Mar 13

brooksider says...

I appreciate the humour and it is important for the public to report problems and not just moan about them.

I can not understand why there isn't information of which potholes have been reported, the effect is many people will be reporting the same problem.

Therefore wasting both the taxpayers and the council staff's time.
I appreciate the humour and it is important for the public to report problems and not just moan about them. I can not understand why there isn't information of which potholes have been reported, the effect is many people will be reporting the same problem. Therefore wasting both the taxpayers and the council staff's time. brooksider
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2:31pm Thu 14 Mar 13

pjohn says...

Love it. Good for them.
Love it. Good for them. pjohn
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2:38pm Thu 14 Mar 13

julie3 says...

brill, cheered me up no end!
brill, cheered me up no end! julie3
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2:57pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Leeolitina says...

It's not a laughing matter when you hit one on a scooter - they are potential killers! Potholes that is - not highways agency staff :-)
It's not a laughing matter when you hit one on a scooter - they are potential killers! Potholes that is - not highways agency staff :-) Leeolitina
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3:09pm Thu 14 Mar 13

skychip says...

Good for them and enjoyed it - need cheering up with something these days.
Good for them and enjoyed it - need cheering up with something these days. skychip
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4:10pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Kalbo64 says...

How is it a good idea to waste our council tax on creating a back slapping self promotional video?

Why do they need to promote at all when they run a monopoly who is the competition?

How much did this cost and I mean full cost and I mean full cost man hours included?

Why are they wasting public funds on this while cutting public services?

This is just a blatant rip off of the one by Torfaen Council

You should be ashamed of yourselves and the comments thus far on YouTube show I am far from the only one thinking this.
How is it a good idea to waste our council tax on creating a back slapping self promotional video? Why do they need to promote at all when they run a monopoly who is the competition? How much did this cost and I mean full cost and I mean full cost man hours included? Why are they wasting public funds on this while cutting public services? This is just a blatant rip off of the one by Torfaen Council You should be ashamed of yourselves and the comments thus far on YouTube show I am far from the only one thinking this. Kalbo64
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4:38pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

Love it lighten up you saddo's. And yes I have had damage to my car in the past.
Love it lighten up you saddo's. And yes I have had damage to my car in the past. Jabbadad
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5:06pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Maggie Would says...

Kalbo64 wrote:
How is it a good idea to waste our council tax on creating a back slapping self promotional video?

Why do they need to promote at all when they run a monopoly who is the competition?

How much did this cost and I mean full cost and I mean full cost man hours included?

Why are they wasting public funds on this while cutting public services?

This is just a blatant rip off of the one by Torfaen Council

You should be ashamed of yourselves and the comments thus far on YouTube show I am far from the only one thinking this.
It's not a black-slapping self-promotional video. It's a film asking members of the public to report potholes. Did you actually watch it?
[quote][p][bold]Kalbo64[/bold] wrote: How is it a good idea to waste our council tax on creating a back slapping self promotional video? Why do they need to promote at all when they run a monopoly who is the competition? How much did this cost and I mean full cost and I mean full cost man hours included? Why are they wasting public funds on this while cutting public services? This is just a blatant rip off of the one by Torfaen Council You should be ashamed of yourselves and the comments thus far on YouTube show I am far from the only one thinking this.[/p][/quote]It's not a black-slapping self-promotional video. It's a film asking members of the public to report potholes. Did you actually watch it? Maggie Would
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5:46pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Kalbo64 says...

Maggie Would wrote:
Kalbo64 wrote:
How is it a good idea to waste our council tax on creating a back slapping self promotional video?

Why do they need to promote at all when they run a monopoly who is the competition?

How much did this cost and I mean full cost and I mean full cost man hours included?

Why are they wasting public funds on this while cutting public services?

This is just a blatant rip off of the one by Torfaen Council

You should be ashamed of yourselves and the comments thus far on YouTube show I am far from the only one thinking this.
It's not a black-slapping self-promotional video. It's a film asking members of the public to report potholes. Did you actually watch it?
Oh sorry we are too stupid to know to know or find out how to report pot holes we need to pay council workers to make self-indulgent videos with a ripped off idea, we can use computers so I am sure we can track down that information.

In reply to the sarcastic comment 'Did you actually watch it?' yes, I also watched the far better original one the idea was ripped from and you are not correcting me you are giving your own opinion as was. I so I could agree with you but unfortunately that would just result in both of us being wrong - sarcasm returned
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kalbo64[/bold] wrote: How is it a good idea to waste our council tax on creating a back slapping self promotional video? Why do they need to promote at all when they run a monopoly who is the competition? How much did this cost and I mean full cost and I mean full cost man hours included? Why are they wasting public funds on this while cutting public services? This is just a blatant rip off of the one by Torfaen Council You should be ashamed of yourselves and the comments thus far on YouTube show I am far from the only one thinking this.[/p][/quote]It's not a black-slapping self-promotional video. It's a film asking members of the public to report potholes. Did you actually watch it?[/p][/quote]Oh sorry we are too stupid to know to know or find out how to report pot holes we need to pay council workers to make self-indulgent videos with a ripped off idea, we can use computers so I am sure we can track down that information. In reply to the sarcastic comment 'Did you actually watch it?' yes, I also watched the far better original one the idea was ripped from and you are not correcting me you are giving your own opinion as was. I so I could agree with you but unfortunately that would just result in both of us being wrong - [i]sarcasm returned[/i] Kalbo64
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5:59pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

Oh Woe is me. Saddo
Oh Woe is me. Saddo Jabbadad
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6:01pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Maggie Would says...

It wasn't sarcasm, Kalbo64, I wanted to know if you had watched it.
It wasn't sarcasm, Kalbo64, I wanted to know if you had watched it. Maggie Would
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8:23pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Yelworrowley says...

I think the video is great, and our roads are far better than other Counties. Hats off to Worcestershire County Council Highways.
I think the video is great, and our roads are far better than other Counties. Hats off to Worcestershire County Council Highways. Yelworrowley
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8:46pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Horatio One says...

I still prefer the story about no Chicken in a curry.
I still prefer the story about no Chicken in a curry. Horatio One
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8:48pm Thu 14 Mar 13

saucerer says...

I am lost for words. The video is well constructed and humorous, but this really does sum up the mentality of the highways department. With their roads in such a poor condition, and with a track of incompetence, they decide to spend precious time and tax payer's money on a video rather than focus on delivering services which the public pays for and demands.

This just merely highlights their attitude and contempt towards the public, and in a week of stories about potholes and how they're damaging people's cars, this 'mickey-taking' video is in poor taste. If they wanted to try and ram home the message about reporting potholes, there were much better and efficient ways, while if council staff inspected roads more frequently and carried out better repairs, there would be no need to undertake such publicity.

Mr Fraser has yet again demonstrated how out of touch he is and, to be frank, what an idiot he is and it is high time that he, and all the other idiots in the highways department who sanctioned this video, were sacked. There is no place in councils for such people who are clearly overpaid and choose to come up with videos rather than do what we pay them to do.
I am lost for words. The video is well constructed and humorous, but this really does sum up the mentality of the highways department. With their roads in such a poor condition, and with a track of incompetence, they decide to spend precious time and tax payer's money on a video rather than focus on delivering services which the public pays for and demands. This just merely highlights their attitude and contempt towards the public, and in a week of stories about potholes and how they're damaging people's cars, this 'mickey-taking' video is in poor taste. If they wanted to try and ram home the message about reporting potholes, there were much better and efficient ways, while if council staff inspected roads more frequently and carried out better repairs, there would be no need to undertake such publicity. Mr Fraser has yet again demonstrated how out of touch he is and, to be frank, what an idiot he is and it is high time that he, and all the other idiots in the highways department who sanctioned this video, were sacked. There is no place in councils for such people who are clearly overpaid and choose to come up with videos rather than do what we pay them to do. saucerer
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9:03pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Dickie of Dodderhill says...

saucerer wrote:
I am lost for words. The video is well constructed and humorous, but this really does sum up the mentality of the highways department. With their roads in such a poor condition, and with a track of incompetence, they decide to spend precious time and tax payer's money on a video rather than focus on delivering services which the public pays for and demands. This just merely highlights their attitude and contempt towards the public, and in a week of stories about potholes and how they're damaging people's cars, this 'mickey-taking' video is in poor taste. If they wanted to try and ram home the message about reporting potholes, there were much better and efficient ways, while if council staff inspected roads more frequently and carried out better repairs, there would be no need to undertake such publicity. Mr Fraser has yet again demonstrated how out of touch he is and, to be frank, what an idiot he is and it is high time that he, and all the other idiots in the highways department who sanctioned this video, were sacked. There is no place in councils for such people who are clearly overpaid and choose to come up with videos rather than do what we pay them to do.
Perhaps this is the most effective way to get the message across about reporting potholes or other defects on the highway.

How many people who keep moaning about potholes actually take the time and report them ?. Old fashioned public information films often missed their target audience. The welsh highways youtube film had a huge impact.
With regard to the cost,
Why don't you contact the County Council and ask who actually paid for this to be produced.
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: I am lost for words. The video is well constructed and humorous, but this really does sum up the mentality of the highways department. With their roads in such a poor condition, and with a track of incompetence, they decide to spend precious time and tax payer's money on a video rather than focus on delivering services which the public pays for and demands. This just merely highlights their attitude and contempt towards the public, and in a week of stories about potholes and how they're damaging people's cars, this 'mickey-taking' video is in poor taste. If they wanted to try and ram home the message about reporting potholes, there were much better and efficient ways, while if council staff inspected roads more frequently and carried out better repairs, there would be no need to undertake such publicity. Mr Fraser has yet again demonstrated how out of touch he is and, to be frank, what an idiot he is and it is high time that he, and all the other idiots in the highways department who sanctioned this video, were sacked. There is no place in councils for such people who are clearly overpaid and choose to come up with videos rather than do what we pay them to do.[/p][/quote]Perhaps this is the most effective way to get the message across about reporting potholes or other defects on the highway. How many people who keep moaning about potholes actually take the time and report them ?. Old fashioned public information films often missed their target audience. The welsh highways youtube film had a huge impact. With regard to the cost, Why don't you contact the County Council and ask who actually paid for this to be produced. Dickie of Dodderhill
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9:45pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Redhillman says...

I should be shocked that yet more tax payer's money is being wasted by Worcestershire county council, but as it's the highways department, I'm less surprised. Is there really no end to the utter stupidity and lack of real world recognition from the the highways staff? What next I wonder? A luxury summer holiday in Bardados paid for by the tax payer, with the holiday photos on the internet saying "Wish you were here", just to rub further salt in to the public's wounds?

And Jon Fraser really does love the publicity. An officer who must be earning a massive salary, but rather than deliver highway services, he prefers being in front of the camera or behind a microphone. Talk about an ego trip. This man needs to be ousted from the council, as should so many other idiotic and incompetent highways staff.
I should be shocked that yet more tax payer's money is being wasted by Worcestershire county council, but as it's the highways department, I'm less surprised. Is there really no end to the utter stupidity and lack of real world recognition from the the highways staff? What next I wonder? A luxury summer holiday in Bardados paid for by the tax payer, with the holiday photos on the internet saying "Wish you were here", just to rub further salt in to the public's wounds? And Jon Fraser really does love the publicity. An officer who must be earning a massive salary, but rather than deliver highway services, he prefers being in front of the camera or behind a microphone. Talk about an ego trip. This man needs to be ousted from the council, as should so many other idiotic and incompetent highways staff. Redhillman
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9:50pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Busymum2011 says...

Read on here recently from people moaning that they had reported pot holes and been ignored. If anyone relevant is reading this............ther
e's a HUGE pothole in Ombersley I drive over every day! Humour is great. However, if I'm paying for the video to be made.........I'd rather the council just filled in the pot holes! :D
Read on here recently from people moaning that they had reported pot holes and been ignored. If anyone relevant is reading this............ther e's a HUGE pothole in Ombersley I drive over every day! Humour is great. However, if I'm paying for the video to be made.........I'd rather the council just filled in the pot holes! :D Busymum2011
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10:13pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Margaret R Layland says...

After reading a most distressing report elsewhere in the paper, this cheered me up no end. I thought it was good and if it encourages people to report potholes, great. I've got every sympathy for people who have accidents because of potholes so let's report them and get filled in.
After reading a most distressing report elsewhere in the paper, this cheered me up no end. I thought it was good and if it encourages people to report potholes, great. I've got every sympathy for people who have accidents because of potholes so let's report them and get filled in. Margaret R Layland
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10:29pm Thu 14 Mar 13

grumpy woman says...

Brilliant idea. Cheered me up no end. A fun idea for reporting potholes.
Paid for by Ringway so not Council Tax payers money.
Loved it but don't give up the day job Jon.
Lighten up folks. We ned a bit of levity in these days of recession and gloom.
Brilliant idea. Cheered me up no end. A fun idea for reporting potholes. Paid for by Ringway so not Council Tax payers money. Loved it but don't give up the day job Jon. Lighten up folks. We ned a bit of levity in these days of recession and gloom. grumpy woman
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10:32pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Samboy says...

Get a life, some of you. It is great to see that at least one of the faceless beaurocrats has a sense of humour. I am sure a relaxed approach to dealing with residents would pay in the long term
Get a life, some of you. It is great to see that at least one of the faceless beaurocrats has a sense of humour. I am sure a relaxed approach to dealing with residents would pay in the long term Samboy
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10:48pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Guy66 says...

Getting a video edited to this quality, and it is a very good quality video, takes a lot a time and effort. As a council tax payer it is an inappropriate use of my taxes to produce this, edit it, get it approved through the various departments and to publish it. There are plenty of other ways to report potholes and I'm sure even the most mentally challenged can find the correct way without this waste of money effort!
Getting a video edited to this quality, and it is a very good quality video, takes a lot a time and effort. As a council tax payer it is an inappropriate use of my taxes to produce this, edit it, get it approved through the various departments and to publish it. There are plenty of other ways to report potholes and I'm sure even the most mentally challenged can find the correct way without this waste of money effort! Guy66
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10:48pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Redhillman says...

grumpy woman wrote:
Brilliant idea. Cheered me up no end. A fun idea for reporting potholes.
Paid for by Ringway so not Council Tax payers money.
Loved it but don't give up the day job Jon.
Lighten up folks. We ned a bit of levity in these days of recession and gloom.
But who pays Ringway? The council does, who are funded by the tax payer.
[quote][p][bold]grumpy woman[/bold] wrote: Brilliant idea. Cheered me up no end. A fun idea for reporting potholes. Paid for by Ringway so not Council Tax payers money. Loved it but don't give up the day job Jon. Lighten up folks. We ned a bit of levity in these days of recession and gloom.[/p][/quote]But who pays Ringway? The council does, who are funded by the tax payer. Redhillman
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11:08pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Tony Pingree says...

Brilliant!

Well worth £800

I'm also pretty sure that even though Ringway is paid by the council to do many different types of highway maintenance, what they spend their profits on, is up to them.
Brilliant! Well worth £800 I'm also pretty sure that even though Ringway is paid by the council to do many different types of highway maintenance, what they spend their profits on, is up to them. Tony Pingree
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12:21am Fri 15 Mar 13

Kalbo64 says...

So they paid £800 what about all the other costs involved not least the sycophant in front of the camera lip syncing who paid his wages while he wasn't doing the job we pay him for and all the other workers involved?

Also Ringway paying £800 is somewhat of a conflict considering the council award them contracts still at least this payment wasn't hidden in a brown envelope.
So they paid £800 what about all the other costs involved not least the sycophant in front of the camera lip syncing who paid his wages while he wasn't doing the job we pay him for and all the other workers involved? Also Ringway paying £800 is somewhat of a conflict considering the council award them contracts still at least this payment wasn't hidden in a brown envelope. Kalbo64
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12:41am Fri 15 Mar 13

Tony Pingree says...

Hi Kalbo64,

I just had a quick look at the Ringway website.

It seems that they work all over the place, not just in Worcestershire. They also have share-holders.

If they were trying to drum up extra business then the £800 was a pretty good investment for advertising. They can spend their profits on what they want.

A good point about the highways boss Jon Fraser. Mind you, if more people report potholes so they get filled in quicker then I think he's just doing his job.

Via the medium of singing, that is.
Hi Kalbo64, I just had a quick look at the Ringway website. It seems that they work all over the place, not just in Worcestershire. They also have share-holders. If they were trying to drum up extra business then the £800 was a pretty good investment for advertising. They can spend their profits on what they want. A good point about the highways boss Jon Fraser. Mind you, if more people report potholes so they get filled in quicker then I think he's just doing his job. Via the medium of singing, that is. Tony Pingree
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8:08am Fri 15 Mar 13

Letterman says...

I just find this totally abhorrent. We have poorly managed roads in Worcestershire and all Mr Fraser and his colleagues can do is waste valuable time and resources in concocting a video to boost his ego. And if Ringway did pay for the video from their own 'private' funds, let us not forget the council staff time lost in making this video which is of a high quality, so god knows how many days or weeks they spent making it.

It seems we're paying council staff to do anything bar repair our roads properly. And in a time where so many people in the private sector are losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet with low salaries, this video just sums up the insensitivity of council workers and the utter contempt they show to everyone else. It's like they're saying we've all got high paid jobs and we can waste time not working, so up yours everyone else.

But this is the highways department and I can't say I'm surprised by their actions. I really think heads should roll and Mr Fraser should be top of the list.
I just find this totally abhorrent. We have poorly managed roads in Worcestershire and all Mr Fraser and his colleagues can do is waste valuable time and resources in concocting a video to boost his ego. And if Ringway did pay for the video from their own 'private' funds, let us not forget the council staff time lost in making this video which is of a high quality, so god knows how many days or weeks they spent making it. It seems we're paying council staff to do anything bar repair our roads properly. And in a time where so many people in the private sector are losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet with low salaries, this video just sums up the insensitivity of council workers and the utter contempt they show to everyone else. It's like they're saying we've all got high paid jobs and we can waste time not working, so up yours everyone else. But this is the highways department and I can't say I'm surprised by their actions. I really think heads should roll and Mr Fraser should be top of the list. Letterman
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8:11am Fri 15 Mar 13

Maggie Would says...

Busymum2011 wrote:
Read on here recently from people moaning that they had reported pot holes and been ignored. If anyone relevant is reading this............ther

e's a HUGE pothole in Ombersley I drive over every day! Humour is great. However, if I'm paying for the video to be made.........I'd rather the council just filled in the pot holes! :D
Why don't you report it, so it gets fixed? Complaining on here won't do it, this isn't the council's website.
Oh, and you would have to be a bit more specific than 'Ombersley' as it covers several square miles.
[quote][p][bold]Busymum2011[/bold] wrote: Read on here recently from people moaning that they had reported pot holes and been ignored. If anyone relevant is reading this............ther e's a HUGE pothole in Ombersley I drive over every day! Humour is great. However, if I'm paying for the video to be made.........I'd rather the council just filled in the pot holes! :D[/p][/quote]Why don't you report it, so it gets fixed? Complaining on here won't do it, this isn't the council's website. Oh, and you would have to be a bit more specific than 'Ombersley' as it covers several square miles. Maggie Would
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9:49am Fri 15 Mar 13

cup cake says...

so some of you found this amusing . just think it could be you hitting a pot hole next you wont find it funny then , and think about the bikers . they do not need to be breaking the speed limit to hit one of the worst pot holes to come off their bikes and get hurt or killed may be then you can make another one and say HE DID IT OUR WAY ,ok you have had your laugh now get to work .
so some of you found this amusing . just think it could be you hitting a pot hole next you wont find it funny then , and think about the bikers . they do not need to be breaking the speed limit to hit one of the worst pot holes to come off their bikes and get hurt or killed may be then you can make another one and say HE DID IT OUR WAY ,ok you have had your laugh now get to work . cup cake
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10:19am Fri 15 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

I am an old Biker and still don't hold some of the views on here.
As a PR exercise it is brilliant. The exposure in the paper and on UTube is amazing, and I agree with Maggie that if everyone who posts on here were to also report the pot holes then it would have an even better impact on our roads.
It seems quite acceptable that they can't repair the holes they don't know about, so that is where we can all help, and not only "get a life" but "save a life".
I am an old Biker and still don't hold some of the views on here. As a PR exercise it is brilliant. The exposure in the paper and on UTube is amazing, and I agree with Maggie that if everyone who posts on here were to also report the pot holes then it would have an even better impact on our roads. It seems quite acceptable that they can't repair the holes they don't know about, so that is where we can all help, and not only "get a life" but "save a life". Jabbadad
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12:17pm Fri 15 Mar 13

newike says...

Okay we have potholes and many of us curse them whenever they appear and slow us up . My main gripe is that often they are not completed properly and appear again a few months later. However, I have to say what a ray of sunshine the video is to brighten up these miserably cold days, and thank goodness that the people in the highways department still have a sense of humour after all the grumbles. Well done !
Okay we have potholes and many of us curse them whenever they appear and slow us up . My main gripe is that often they are not completed properly and appear again a few months later. However, I have to say what a ray of sunshine the video is to brighten up these miserably cold days, and thank goodness that the people in the highways department still have a sense of humour after all the grumbles. Well done ! newike
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12:41pm Fri 15 Mar 13

Bushi says...

Maggie Would wrote:
Busymum2011 wrote:
Read on here recently from people moaning that they had reported pot holes and been ignored. If anyone relevant is reading this............ther


e's a HUGE pothole in Ombersley I drive over every day! Humour is great. However, if I'm paying for the video to be made.........I'd rather the council just filled in the pot holes! :D
Why don't you report it, so it gets fixed? Complaining on here won't do it, this isn't the council's website.
Oh, and you would have to be a bit more specific than 'Ombersley' as it covers several square miles.
But Maggie. If they reported it, it would be repaired and they couldn't then complain about it. They would then have to find another story to complain about.
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Busymum2011[/bold] wrote: Read on here recently from people moaning that they had reported pot holes and been ignored. If anyone relevant is reading this............ther e's a HUGE pothole in Ombersley I drive over every day! Humour is great. However, if I'm paying for the video to be made.........I'd rather the council just filled in the pot holes! :D[/p][/quote]Why don't you report it, so it gets fixed? Complaining on here won't do it, this isn't the council's website. Oh, and you would have to be a bit more specific than 'Ombersley' as it covers several square miles.[/p][/quote]But Maggie. If they reported it, it would be repaired and they couldn't then complain about it. They would then have to find another story to complain about. Bushi
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2:08pm Fri 15 Mar 13

StretchMark says...

I hit one of the potholes the council hadn't repaired on a road that is littered with them and I'm fighting with the council to be refunded.

The council claim that they regularly inspect and maintain the road. If you watch the video I made it's obvious that they don't.

Whilst I like their video (it's more fun than mine) it does rather rub salt in the wound - and not just for me .. there are several people who have all had their claims turned down by the council.

By all means watch their video - and report the potholes but from my experience even if you do report them the council will not take responsibility for damage done (whether the pothole was reported or not).

Here's mine ..

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=Ks6w8AwVw
DQ
I hit one of the potholes the council hadn't repaired on a road that is littered with them and I'm fighting with the council to be refunded. The council claim that they regularly inspect and maintain the road. If you watch the video I made it's obvious that they don't. Whilst I like their video (it's more fun than mine) it does rather rub salt in the wound - and not just for me .. there are several people who have all had their claims turned down by the council. By all means watch their video - and report the potholes but from my experience even if you do report them the council will not take responsibility for damage done (whether the pothole was reported or not). Here's mine .. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=Ks6w8AwVw DQ StretchMark
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3:06pm Fri 15 Mar 13

Tony Pingree says...

Letterman wrote:
I just find this totally abhorrent. We have poorly managed roads in Worcestershire and all Mr Fraser and his colleagues can do is waste valuable time and resources in concocting a video to boost his ego. And if Ringway did pay for the video from their own 'private' funds, let us not forget the council staff time lost in making this video which is of a high quality, so god knows how many days or weeks they spent making it.

It seems we're paying council staff to do anything bar repair our roads properly. And in a time where so many people in the private sector are losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet with low salaries, this video just sums up the insensitivity of council workers and the utter contempt they show to everyone else. It's like they're saying we've all got high paid jobs and we can waste time not working, so up yours everyone else.

But this is the highways department and I can't say I'm surprised by their actions. I really think heads should roll and Mr Fraser should be top of the list.
Hi Letterman,

I find your comment to be a little mean spirited.

If you could have been bothered to read the story, you would have known that the the video took half a day to create and another day to edit. The cost of this was around £800 which was funded by Ringway.

I don't know if you actually watched the video, but if you did, you may have noticed that everybody appearing in it was working. And lets be honest, when the big boss turns up on most sites, everybody tends to work that little bit harder.

Its funny, It gets the message across and somebody else paid for it.

What I don't get is why you are so insulting about it.
[quote][p][bold]Letterman[/bold] wrote: I just find this totally abhorrent. We have poorly managed roads in Worcestershire and all Mr Fraser and his colleagues can do is waste valuable time and resources in concocting a video to boost his ego. And if Ringway did pay for the video from their own 'private' funds, let us not forget the council staff time lost in making this video which is of a high quality, so god knows how many days or weeks they spent making it. It seems we're paying council staff to do anything bar repair our roads properly. And in a time where so many people in the private sector are losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet with low salaries, this video just sums up the insensitivity of council workers and the utter contempt they show to everyone else. It's like they're saying we've all got high paid jobs and we can waste time not working, so up yours everyone else. But this is the highways department and I can't say I'm surprised by their actions. I really think heads should roll and Mr Fraser should be top of the list.[/p][/quote]Hi Letterman, I find your comment to be a little mean spirited. If you could have been bothered to read the story, you would have known that the the video took half a day to create and another day to edit. The cost of this was around £800 which was funded by Ringway. I don't know if you actually watched the video, but if you did, you may have noticed that everybody appearing in it was working. And lets be honest, when the big boss turns up on most sites, everybody tends to work that little bit harder. Its funny, It gets the message across and somebody else paid for it. What I don't get is why you are so insulting about it. Tony Pingree
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3:24pm Fri 15 Mar 13

mauro balbino says...

Dark humour, isn't it?
What irks me most? The maintenance at the garage. The way the tarmac is degraded in Worcester City. The quasi impossibility that is to drive without hitting at least some piece of broken asphalt or a potentially damaging hole.
The video wasn't cheap and road tax ain't.
Dark humour, isn't it? What irks me most? The maintenance at the garage. The way the tarmac is degraded in Worcester City. The quasi impossibility that is to drive without hitting at least some piece of broken asphalt or a potentially damaging hole. The video wasn't cheap and road tax ain't. mauro balbino
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3:44pm Fri 15 Mar 13

mandi66 says...

before i get shot at dawn i thought it was very amusing, although i didn't sit down and tot up how much it cost to make or how money could be better spent elsewhere i found it rather enjoyable and good humoured
before i get shot at dawn i thought it was very amusing, although i didn't sit down and tot up how much it cost to make or how money could be better spent elsewhere i found it rather enjoyable and good humoured mandi66
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4:29pm Fri 15 Mar 13

MissMini says...

How brilliant, I've just had a cracking good laugh and my day brightened :-)
How brilliant, I've just had a cracking good laugh and my day brightened :-) MissMini
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6:25pm Fri 15 Mar 13

moonpig says...

Just watched it - brilliant! I am astounded at the amount of misery gut comments. I for one had never thought about the fact that these things need to be reported by the public (I guess I must have assumed that the Highways Dept are all knowing!) so the video has done it's job well as I am now about to report a nasty pothole that I drive over everyday. Well done Highways Dept.
Just watched it - brilliant! I am astounded at the amount of misery gut comments. I for one had never thought about the fact that these things need to be reported by the public (I guess I must have assumed that the Highways Dept are all knowing!) so the video has done it's job well as I am now about to report a nasty pothole that I drive over everyday. Well done Highways Dept. moonpig
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10:01pm Fri 15 Mar 13

da capo says...

Very clever- best thing I've watched for ages! Clever lyrics, clever camera work... well done. (Come on the rest of you - it was a light-hearted way of getting the message across. They ARE aware of the situation. They DO listen. They DO act.) Thanks.
Very clever- best thing I've watched for ages! Clever lyrics, clever camera work... well done. (Come on the rest of you - it was a light-hearted way of getting the message across. They ARE aware of the situation. They DO listen. They DO act.) Thanks. da capo
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11:43am Sat 16 Mar 13

WilkoJ says...

If the highways department inspected roads more frequently, then they'd be no need for them to essentially ask the public to do their job. And when you do report a problem, how often do they come back and say there isn't a problem.

This video is nothing more that an attempt to not only boost Mr Fraser's ego, is one of self congratulating because the highways staff appear to be misguided in to thinking they're doing a great job when we all know this is far from the truth. And the fact that they have the gall to publicly advertise the fact that they have too much time on their hands and concentrate on follies rather than focus on the job in hand beggars belief. I knew the highways department were out of touch with reality, but this takes it to a new level.
If the highways department inspected roads more frequently, then they'd be no need for them to essentially ask the public to do their job. And when you do report a problem, how often do they come back and say there isn't a problem. This video is nothing more that an attempt to not only boost Mr Fraser's ego, is one of self congratulating because the highways staff appear to be misguided in to thinking they're doing a great job when we all know this is far from the truth. And the fact that they have the gall to publicly advertise the fact that they have too much time on their hands and concentrate on follies rather than focus on the job in hand beggars belief. I knew the highways department were out of touch with reality, but this takes it to a new level. WilkoJ
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12:46pm Sat 16 Mar 13

pinkfluff says...

WilkoJ wrote:
If the highways department inspected roads more frequently, then they'd be no need for them to essentially ask the public to do their job. And when you do report a problem, how often do they come back and say there isn't a problem.

This video is nothing more that an attempt to not only boost Mr Fraser's ego, is one of self congratulating because the highways staff appear to be misguided in to thinking they're doing a great job when we all know this is far from the truth. And the fact that they have the gall to publicly advertise the fact that they have too much time on their hands and concentrate on follies rather than focus on the job in hand beggars belief. I knew the highways department were out of touch with reality, but this takes it to a new level.
Does that mean you would prefer WCC to employ an army "road inspectors"?

They cover a huge geographical area and I don't believe that it is cost effective for them to inspect every road within the county......or even physically possible to do so with the staff they have.

What is wrong with the public contacting WCC to report a pothole?

Viral is the future. Someone is out of touch with reality but it's certainly not WCC. Ballsy and innovative springs to my mind when I read this article.
[quote][p][bold]WilkoJ[/bold] wrote: If the highways department inspected roads more frequently, then they'd be no need for them to essentially ask the public to do their job. And when you do report a problem, how often do they come back and say there isn't a problem. This video is nothing more that an attempt to not only boost Mr Fraser's ego, is one of self congratulating because the highways staff appear to be misguided in to thinking they're doing a great job when we all know this is far from the truth. And the fact that they have the gall to publicly advertise the fact that they have too much time on their hands and concentrate on follies rather than focus on the job in hand beggars belief. I knew the highways department were out of touch with reality, but this takes it to a new level.[/p][/quote]Does that mean you would prefer WCC to employ an army "road inspectors"? They cover a huge geographical area and I don't believe that it is cost effective for them to inspect every road within the county......or even physically possible to do so with the staff they have. What is wrong with the public contacting WCC to report a pothole? Viral is the future. Someone is out of touch with reality but it's certainly not WCC. Ballsy and innovative springs to my mind when I read this article. pinkfluff
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6:59pm Sat 16 Mar 13

worcesterlass says...

It's about time a stronger/more weather-resistant material was used/invented. No more pot holes, and enormous amounts of money saved.
It's about time a stronger/more weather-resistant material was used/invented. No more pot holes, and enormous amounts of money saved. worcesterlass
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9:17pm Sat 16 Mar 13

leemo79 says...

Fantastic, how did he keep a straight face while doing this.
Great voice!
Fantastic, how did he keep a straight face while doing this. Great voice! leemo79
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7:00pm Sun 17 Mar 13

DarrenM says...

total waste of time and money - once again the Council stick two fingers up to the taxpayer while laughing all the way to the bank themselves.
total waste of time and money - once again the Council stick two fingers up to the taxpayer while laughing all the way to the bank themselves. DarrenM
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10:46pm Sun 17 Mar 13

saucerer says...

DarrenM wrote:
total waste of time and money - once again the Council stick two fingers up to the taxpayer while laughing all the way to the bank themselves.
Couldn't agree more, summed nicely. I hope Mr Fraser and his cohorts are proud of publicly displaying yet more arrogance and wastefulness. About time heads rolled.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: total waste of time and money - once again the Council stick two fingers up to the taxpayer while laughing all the way to the bank themselves.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, summed nicely. I hope Mr Fraser and his cohorts are proud of publicly displaying yet more arrogance and wastefulness. About time heads rolled. saucerer
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10:48pm Sun 17 Mar 13

saucerer says...

And you can tell this department is run by idiots as they can't even get the grammar right on their vehicles. Should be Worcestershire's and not Worcestershires.
And you can tell this department is run by idiots as they can't even get the grammar right on their vehicles. Should be Worcestershire's and not Worcestershires. saucerer
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1:45pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Vox populi says...

Talk about miserable....
I see the usual council bashing, politically correct old duffers are in....

heres a thought:

The video cost £800 and encourages people to report potholes. If one person sees this who actually has a sense of humour remembers it, and reports a pothole thus potentially saving a motorcyclists life then it is £800 very well spent...

The target audience for this video is actually people driving on these roads, not people sat at home complaining about them....
Talk about miserable.... I see the usual council bashing, politically correct old duffers are in.... heres a thought: The video cost £800 and encourages people to report potholes. If one person sees this who actually has a sense of humour remembers it, and reports a pothole thus potentially saving a motorcyclists life then it is £800 very well spent... The target audience for this video is actually people driving on these roads, not people sat at home complaining about them.... Vox populi
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9:49am Wed 20 Mar 13

Fishy says...

worcesterlass wrote:
It's about time a stronger/more weather-resistant material was used/invented. No more pot holes, and enormous amounts of money saved.
Do you know of a suitable material?
[quote][p][bold]worcesterlass[/bold] wrote: It's about time a stronger/more weather-resistant material was used/invented. No more pot holes, and enormous amounts of money saved.[/p][/quote]Do you know of a suitable material? Fishy
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9:56am Wed 20 Mar 13

worcsoak says...

At another time this video may very well had been appropriate, but when the Council is cutting its vital Services to the disabled, elderly and needy then it isn't.

Bad judgement on behalf of the The Chief Executive and Leader of the Council in releasing this now. :(
At another time this video may very well had been appropriate, but when the Council is cutting its vital Services to the disabled, elderly and needy then it isn't. Bad judgement on behalf of the The Chief Executive and Leader of the Council in releasing this now. :( worcsoak
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11:07am Wed 20 Mar 13

Mariner82 says...

Cringeworthy. I wouldn't care but Worcester's roads are a MESS!! Has anybody driven up Rainbow Hill recently? Pothole slalom.
Cringeworthy. I wouldn't care but Worcester's roads are a MESS!! Has anybody driven up Rainbow Hill recently? Pothole slalom. Mariner82
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11:58am Wed 20 Mar 13

MrWXYZ says...

seems like they need to make another low budget low humour one to explain to some people why reporting potholes rather than moaning and demanding compo is the way forward (and way more cost effective than inspecting every inch of road daily!)
seems like they need to make another low budget low humour one to explain to some people why reporting potholes rather than moaning and demanding compo is the way forward (and way more cost effective than inspecting every inch of road daily!) MrWXYZ
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11:30pm Wed 20 Mar 13

worcesterlass says...

Fishy wrote:
worcesterlass wrote:
It's about time a stronger/more weather-resistant material was used/invented. No more pot holes, and enormous amounts of money saved.
Do you know of a suitable material?
No. I'm not an expert in civil engineering.
[quote][p][bold]Fishy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]worcesterlass[/bold] wrote: It's about time a stronger/more weather-resistant material was used/invented. No more pot holes, and enormous amounts of money saved.[/p][/quote]Do you know of a suitable material?[/p][/quote]No. I'm not an expert in civil engineering. worcesterlass
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7:59am Thu 21 Mar 13

StretchMark says...

Mr WXYZ, How would you feel if you had hit a pot hole that had been reported (but nothing done about it) and had your car damaged? It's very easy to sit on the internet and mock those who have suffered at the hands of council negligence - not so much fun when it happens to you and you find yourself out of pocket as many rate payers in Worcester have.

Those of us affected don't want compensation - we just want to have the money it has cost us refunded.

Personally I don't think the council should spend any more time away from their jobs to make any more funny videos until they have fixed all of the potholes that have been reported already, and then done sufficient inspections and maintenance to get our roads into good condition. At that point it might be appropriate to take some time out and enjoy making a fun video.
Mr WXYZ, How would you feel if you had hit a pot hole that had been reported (but nothing done about it) and had your car damaged? It's very easy to sit on the internet and mock those who have suffered at the hands of council negligence - not so much fun when it happens to you and you find yourself out of pocket as many rate payers in Worcester have. Those of us affected don't want compensation - we just want to have the money it has cost us refunded. Personally I don't think the council should spend any more time away from their jobs to make any more funny videos until they have fixed all of the potholes that have been reported already, and then done sufficient inspections and maintenance to get our roads into good condition. At that point it might be appropriate to take some time out and enjoy making a fun video. StretchMark
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12:35pm Thu 21 Mar 13

MrWXYZ says...

StretchMark wrote:
Mr WXYZ, How would you feel if you had hit a pot hole that had been reported (but nothing done about it) and had your car damaged? It's very easy to sit on the internet and mock those who have suffered at the hands of council negligence - not so much fun when it happens to you and you find yourself out of pocket as many rate payers in Worcester have. Those of us affected don't want compensation - we just want to have the money it has cost us refunded. Personally I don't think the council should spend any more time away from their jobs to make any more funny videos until they have fixed all of the potholes that have been reported already, and then done sufficient inspections and maintenance to get our roads into good condition. At that point it might be appropriate to take some time out and enjoy making a fun video.
i'm not mocking those who have suffered at the hands of council negligence.
I am mocking those who want to moan about the video and potholes not being filled in, but don't actually want to be proactive and report them.
Myself am sceptical about the video, but as people have pointed out if it is making people aware to report the potholes then it is working.

and for your question - if i hit a pothole i knew had been reported i would probably curse myself for forgetting it was there
[quote][p][bold]StretchMark[/bold] wrote: Mr WXYZ, How would you feel if you had hit a pot hole that had been reported (but nothing done about it) and had your car damaged? It's very easy to sit on the internet and mock those who have suffered at the hands of council negligence - not so much fun when it happens to you and you find yourself out of pocket as many rate payers in Worcester have. Those of us affected don't want compensation - we just want to have the money it has cost us refunded. Personally I don't think the council should spend any more time away from their jobs to make any more funny videos until they have fixed all of the potholes that have been reported already, and then done sufficient inspections and maintenance to get our roads into good condition. At that point it might be appropriate to take some time out and enjoy making a fun video.[/p][/quote]i'm not mocking those who have suffered at the hands of council negligence. I am mocking those who want to moan about the video and potholes not being filled in, but don't actually want to be proactive and report them. Myself am sceptical about the video, but as people have pointed out if it is making people aware to report the potholes then it is working. and for your question - if i hit a pothole i knew had been reported i would probably curse myself for forgetting it was there MrWXYZ
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