Councillor Roy Owen got tired of just attending council meetings and decided to tackle some of the council’s problems by hand – potholes, litter, rubbish dumping etc.
Roy lives in Caernafon and the streets have a serious pothole problem but the council is short of money and the complaints from the residents pour in.
So, Roy armed with his van, asphalt, a blow torch and some tools started filling the holes.
Now, he does this for much of the week and also helps to get rid of rubbish piling up and other jobs as the residents need. He does have to skip some council meetings – what a shame.
Roy, who is 60, has been carrying out repairs for the last two years in his Seiont ward in Caernarfon and it’s all due to the number of complaints he receives from residents about potholes and that the council cannot deal with them in a timely manner.
Roy’s only cost apart from his own time is about £26-a-week spent on asphalt, paid from his councillor’s allowance.
He is trained in road repairs but the council is not so pleased with his actions and says that the work should always be carried out by a highway authority.
“I go out and deal with the problem head on,” he has said.
Unsurprisingly, his residents love him and he wins his council ward election by a huge margin each time.
Roy is what a councilor should be – someone who gets the job done and makes a difference.
Nice one Roy. You are an honorary Ninja.
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