What would old Ben say? A company from a faraway place wants to build some great big thing in his village?
Okay, so we’re talking about an eight-metre mobile phone mast, not an oil refinery, and the company in question has an office in Bellshill, rather than Houston, Texas, but it’s far too tempting not to draw comparisons between a planning application for the Aberdeenshire village of Pennan and the development that threatened its fictional incarnation, Ferness, in the 1983 film Local Hero.
What do the people of Pennan need a mobile phone for anyway? We all know there’s a red phone box right there on the harbourside, it’s the world’s most famous phone!
The application had been recommended for approval but councillors postponed the final decision after objections for some locals (hero-status pending).
Alistair Mackenzie said one of the “unique attractions of Pennan” was the “absence of significant mobile signals”.
But if you think this is some low-tech backwater, think again.
Old Ben and his friends apparently now enjoy “high-speed WiFi” and can Skype away to their hearts’ content.