The tiny island of Coll in the Inner Hebrides is split over plans to introduce mobile phone coverage, with fears that new technology could rob the tranquil outpost of its remoteness.
According to press reports, the island of 200 inhabitants has been split into opposing groups after a planning application was lodged to construct a 50ft phone mast with two dishes on the island, which is located west of Mull in the Inner Hebrides.
Development Coll, the local community trust behind the project, claims introducing 21st-century technology would assist not only the 200 islanders who have no mobile coverage, but also the emergency services, including the local GP.
But some locals have voiced concern about mobile phone coverage detracting from the island’s “remoteness”.
Pat Graham, secretary of Coll Community Council, told reporters: ‘This has really split the island. Many don’t want it. We are a very natural, environmental island and are concerned about anything that spoils that. ‘