By Lucy Ashton
Despite the best efforts of local SNP councillor Jonathan McColl to make it inaccessible, Balloch has been named as the best village in the UK for remote workers.
The village has been named as the best in the country for workers who have swapped working in the city for a quieter way of living on Loch Lomondside.
Taking a list of locations with populations of less than 10,000, villages were scored on a series of livability factors – broadband speed, low house prices, distance to rail transport cities and national parks, as well as the number of pubs and restaurants, and Tripadvisor attractions – out of a total score of 70.
With a score of 54/70, Balloch topped the list –ahead of Portrush in Northern Ireland and Broadway in Worcestershire. Crail in Fife, Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and Ballater in Royal Deeside were also in the top ten.
Plans to upgrade Balloch were ditched after an agreement between Jonathan McColl and Tory councillor Sally Page, both of whom represent the village on West Dunbartonshire Council.
Local people and village shopkeepers were totally fed up of the council’s frequently bungled efforts to change the road design and frustration built as customers, especially old people, could not access the shops, pubs and restaurants.
Then a scheme to alter the village square, which was said to be part of the now (hopefully) scrapped Flamingo Land project, was cancelled.
Reasons for making Balloch a prize winner were good value housing and proximity to the national park plus quick broadband, which an essential for working from home.
Balloch, which was bonnie until West Dunbartonshire Council’s road workers moved in.