Fed-up locals painted phallic shapes on potholes to draw attention – it worked

Fed-up road users have drawn attention to potholes by painting rude shapes on them with white spray paint.

Locals appear to have lost patience waiting for the holes to be repaired outside Uckfield College in East Sussex, with their efforts to draw attention to the issue winning plaudits online.

It also seemingly spurred authorities into action, with a work crew arriving on scene today (May 12).

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Resident Helen Carr wrote on Thursday (11 May): “Meanwhile, over in Uckfield, attention has been well and truly drawn to the pothole problem by the college.

“At lunchtime we then got the road sweeper going up and down about 30 times trying to scrub them out, but all he achieved was to make the edges of the holes crumble even more and tear up the road.”

Helen added Friday: "I took the photos yesterday morning. Today the pothole fixing gang turned up."

Other comments on Thursday included “Drawn by the College's A level art class? Still life,” and “Looks like we should all rush out and buy a can of spray paint and get out and do all the potholes on our surrounding areas then!!!!”

While other jokers posted: “Yay…w****y has come to sussex” and "I wonder who has the b***s to paint them?"

East Sussex County Council commented: “We understand people’s concerns about potholes but this is not the way to address the situation.

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"We’d urge people to report potholes directly to us so we can assess and arrange repairs.

“We are responsible for more than 2,000 miles of road and last year we repaired more than 24,000 potholes.

"We prioritise our work, according to locally approved policies, to ensure potholes that present the greatest danger to road users are repaired as quickly as possible.

“Using this approach, work was planned for Downsview Crescent but this was brought forward as a result of the graffiti, putting additional pressure on our pothole repair crews."

The method harks back to a certain 'W**ksy', a mysterious artist who drew attention to Manchester potholes in the same way.

The mystery campaigner, whose works are all completed in non-permanent paint, told the Manchester Evening News previously that "the roads of Manchester are in an appalling state" and he started his crusade because he has "cyclist friends who have been hospitalised."

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