‘No mobile coverage and we’re delighted’

LIVING out in one of the county’s beautiful villages has its perks - but for some, mobile phone coverage isn’t one of them.

The Journal has used an online mobile phone checker to show signal strength for the main five operators in villages surrounding Grantham.

While some, such as Long Bennington, enjoy excellent coverage, one village exists in a seeming mobile black hole.

Knipton, to the south-west of Grantham, picks up practically no coverage at all - but the villagers couldn’t be happier.

Gareth Bartch, who works at the Manners Arms in Knipton, said: “I can vouch for there being no signal. There are only three or four spots where you have to go to find some but it is quite nice in many ways.

“A lot of the customers actually prefer there being no signal. It means they can relax and enjoy their meal without their phone going off every five minutes.

“But it does mean most people have to go outside to use their phones, although we tend to just let people use the pub landline.”

Knipton receives no coverage from three out of the five mobile phone providers and only two out of five “bars” for the other two. The problem appears to be down to the village’s geographical location positioned in something of a valley.

Other villages also subject to fairly sub-standard mobile-coverage include Rippingale and South Witham. For many people in these villages, making calls indoors is a particular problem.

l What is the mobile phone coverage like in your village? E-mail: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk