A spoof video showing road workers fixing potholes by filling them in with Coco Pops has been a huge hit on social media – but left North Ayrshire Council feeling “disappointed”.

‘Cooncil Roads Dept Training Video’ is the latest from Arran-based group Utter Nonsense Films.

The film portrays local authority workers – played by Scott Clark, Harry Anderson and John Murchie – using breakfast cereal to fix the potholes.

Despite being viewed more than 50,000 times on Facebook, the video hasn’t been popular with everyone.

North Ayrshire Council expressed concern at the film’s portrayal of the authority’s “hard-working employees”.

Scott Clark from Utter Nonsense Films said: “It’s proven to be quite popular. It’s been shared loads.

“Potholes are a real problem. Obviously, everyone’s been through one or two in their car as well.

“I feel really sorry for the road workers themselves, particularly on the island because everyone knows them and everyone moans about it and it’s not their fault. The stuff that they fill them [potholes] in with, it’s like Rice Crispies. It is a shame.”

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of the video and are very disappointed at the portrayal of our hard-working employees.

“Arran is a tight-knit community where people are well known to one another, so we find it unacceptable to unfairly target people who are doing their job.

“Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done to stop potholes happening – that’s simply a result of the climate we live in.

“Across Scotland – including Arran – there has been a sharp increase in the number of potholes caused by the extremely cold and wet winter we are experiencing. To help ease the problems faced by motorists on Arran, new machinery will be arriving on the island this month to help our roads team repair potholes quicker and more efficiently.

“In the meantime, we hope that the people behind the video will consider the impact of their actions on our employees and indeed their fellow islanders who are doing their absolute best to keep Arran moving and allow them to continue their work without being targeted.”

But Scott hit back: “Utter Nonsense Films Arran are ‘disappointed’ in NAC building a sense of humour bypass.

“Our film highlights the thankless tasks undertaken by road workers and no disrespect was intended to them (no road workers to our knowledge were harmed in the making of this film).

“The film is purely intended to be funny, not political. It does seem to have touched a nerve, not only in North Ayrshire but across the country.”

Video can found on the Utter Nonsense Films Facebook page here.