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Sewage pipe will be blob on the landscape; PINK AGAIN VILLAGERS' ANGRY WARNING Beauty spot residents threaten to paint shoreline sewer the colour of Mr Blobby.

Byline: MOIRA KERR reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

VILLAGERS yesterday threatened to revive their famous Mr Blobby protest tactics if plans for a controversial sewage pipe go ahead.

The last time the idyllic view from Port Appin in Argyll was under threat, a secret army painted the local lighthouse pink with yellow spots in the dead of night - in protest at proposals to replace it with a modern, rectangular structure.

Pictures of Sgeirr Bhuidhe lighthouse looking like children's TV character Mr Blobby were published around the world.

And now residents, who won their 2001 battle with Northern Lighthouse Board, say a second protest is brewing.

Locals are enraged at proposals by Scottish Water to erect a 1000ft sewage outfall pipe along the shoreline.

Dr Iain McNicol, who has lived in Port Appin all his life, said: "I wouldn't be surprised if paint brushes came out again. Feeling is running higher about this pipe than it was about the lighthouse."

The tiny village relies heavily on income from tourists and Shaun McKivragan, owner of the Airds Hotel, said: "The view before us is, without doubt, the single biggest reason for guests staying."

Sheena Reid, whose house overlooks the Lynn of Lorn, said the Mr Blobby paint job had been carried out to protect the same view that would be ruined if the sewage pipe was built.

Sheena, who has organised a petition with Pete Venters, said residents are angry about a lack of consultation and added: "I do think people could react again."

Education Minister and local MSP Mike Russell said he has been in touch with Scottish Water, adding: "I'm sure they don't need reminding Port Appin has a history of finding eye-catching ways of drawing national attention to anything or anyone that threatens its remarkable scenery."

A Scottish Water spokeswoman confirmed they have agreed to meet residents to listen to their concerns.

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PETITION Dr McNicol, left, with unhappy fellow residents Elaine and Pete Venters

WASTED VIEW What the pipe could look like if built and painted. Inset, lighthouse in 2001
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