TV talks over pothole concerns

Mr Pothole, Mark Morrell in Brackley.'130628M-D300
Mr Pothole, Mark Morrell in Brackley.'130628M-D300

Brackley’s ‘Mr Pothole’ is hoping for some national exposure for his campaign to rid the roads of dangerous holes after meeting an award-winning television producer.

On Wednesday Mark Morrell met with series producer Nicky Taylor – winner of the Montreaux Cup for Best Factual for her 2002 fly on the wall makeover series Home on Their Own.

She met with Mr Morrell to research a documentary for Channel Five on potholes which could air later this summer.

Mr Morrell said: “It went really well – she particularly liked my idea that it’s the reverse of the Emperor’s new clothes, where actually everyone but the Emperor is saying something is wrong with the roads.

“She has just got to do some more fact finding and research and submit her proposals to Channel 5.”

Mr Morrell said the producer was also interested in the differences in the way highways authorities record and react to reports of potholes.

He also believes his campaign is beginning to have an affect and has calculated a 10 per cent improvement in the number of potholes repaired within five days.

He added: “It just goes to show if you want something done you have to monitor the situation, measure the potholes and challenge the Highways Authority’s criteria.

“And I’m getting great feedback, I’ve had people leaning out of their windows cheering me when I turn up with a tape measure.”