Shout out to a Mr Roy Owen. For the local councillor doesn’t just do his bit for the local community by attending council meetings, he rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands dirty. How dirty? For the last two years, the sixty year old has been filling in potholes in his Seiont ward in Caernarfon, Wales. It all started when budget cuts meant holes were left unrepaired for extended periods of time. Tired of receiving complaints from residents, Mr Owen decided to take matters into his own hands, literally. Dipping into the £13,400 annual allowance he receives for being a councillor, Mr Owen spends £26 a week buying asphalt, before going out and filling the holes himself. “I go out and deal with the problem head on”, said Mr Owen. If that wasn’t enough the independent councillor and school governor also runs a local litter pick-up project. As Mr Owen used to carry out road repairs when he was employed by the council, he knows what he is doing, but a word of caution from a Gwynedd council spokesman for anyone out there thinking of following his lead: “As the public highway is an inherently dangerous environment, this work is always undertaken by the highway authority in accordance with strict national guidelines. We would urge anyone who has a concern regarding a specific part of the public highway to contact the council so that relevant staff can inspect the site and carry out any necessary repair work.” And if they can’t make it? No need to worry, Mr Owen will probably be out there pottering about.