Legendary rocker Rod Stewart has seen local authorities repair a damaged road near his home in Harlow, but nearby residents feel his superstar status has given him preferential treatment
Sir Rod Stewart’s neighbors are on the warpath after potholes in the rock legend’s road were repaired while those near their homes were left untreated.
Local authority appeared to be responding to a video Sir Rod posted on Instagram of him and a group of men trying to repair the damaged road near his Harlow home last month.
Now that officers have ensured the 77-year-old Maggie May singer’s pothole problems have been resolved, angry local residents are suggesting Sir Rod has been given preferential treatment.
One said online: “Funny how this one gets a sharp fix after a superstar speaks up. What about all the others?”
Another wrote: “The roads are a joke with the amount of holes, ours have not yet been repaired.”
Essex County Council said they inspected the road where Sir Rod was filmed and agreed it needed repairs.
A spokesman said: “The repair work was carried out in April and the resurfacing will be carried out in July.
Earlier, in response to the video, the council urged the public not to undertake repairs of its own, with a statement adding: “While we would like to prioritize repairs on every road, the size of our network means this is impossible and we must.” focus on repairing defects that are likely to be the most damaging.”
Sir Rod caused a stir when he released two videos of himself and a group of men he dubbed “the boys” shoveling rubble from the back of a truck to fill in large potholes.
In both, he wore a high-visibility jacket and an Adidas tracksuit and trainers.
The first clip began with him singing while he worked, before declaring, “I fix the streets where I live because nobody can take care of it.”
In a second video, he explained: “This is the state of the roads near where I live in Harlow. It’s been like this for ages, people wrecking their cars.
“The other day there was an ambulance with a flat tire and my Ferrari can’t get through here at all. Me and the boys thought we’d do it ourselves.
“We’ll fill in the holes while millions and millions of pounds are spent on that M11 thingy over there.” Then he dances his goodbyes.
Sir Rod’s post was captioned: “Working for a living, filling holes is good for the soul!” At the time the videos were greeted with a flood of positive comments from fans, with one local saying: “Legend Rod! This street is a nightmare!!!
Fellow rocker Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood also simply added: “Bravo Rod,” while one fan warned, “Don’t hurt yourself. I have tickets to see you in June.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/rod-stewarts-neighbours-angry-council-26783683 Rod Stewart's neighbors are upset that the council has only repaired his potholed road