A video recently surfaced of Rod Stewart working to repair the road near his home, picking up a shovel, donned in training gear in all, as he got to work. He worked alongside another group of men, complaining about how the authorities had been ignoring just how bad the road was, and instead, putting that money towards another motorway nearby.
Stewart decided to take action on the roadway because even his sports car couldn’t drive normally over the rocky surface. “This is the road near where I live in Harlow, and it’s been like this for ages,” he explains in the surfaced clip.
Rod Stewart takes action to clean up the potholes on his road
He continues, “And the other day there was an ambulance with a burst tire. My Ferrari can’t go through here at all. So me and the boys thought we’d come and do it ourselves. So this is what we’re doing, filling in the holes, while millions and millions of pounds have been spent on the M11.” He added: “I’m repairing the street where I live because no one can bother to do it!”
Stewart’s work received generally positive feedback from locals, and a lot of them expressed similar anger and disappointment that he had about the whole situation. Just last year, the leader of Harlow Council, Mark Ingall, launched legal action against the senior Essex Country Council in an effort to force improvements on the area’s roads.
“When I received the email from Essex saying the potholes were not going to be fixed, I took legal advice from ‘Mr. Pothole,’ who has recently secured repairs to roads in Northamptonshire by taking… legal action,” Ingall had told the local press. “Essex … underspent on road maintenance by £1 million last year; they have no excuse not to meet their legal responsibility to maintain our roads.”