Chip shop banned from using ‘Batterman’ mascot spotlight to attract customers

A fish and chip shop owner has launched a legal battle after being banned from using a Batman-style mascot spotlight to attract customers.

Jaki Pickett had designed a deep-fried superhero called Batterman as part of a publicity drive at her business.

She applied for permission to beam a powerful spotlight of the mascot into the sky to promote her takeaway, the Jaki Fish and Chip Shop.

But Highland Council planners refused to give her consent, the Daily Record reports.

They claimed the beam would cause light pollution in the rural area of Muir of Ord, a village in the Highlands.

Just like Gotham's famous Batman signal, she wanted to send the light 15 miles into the sky with coloured beams to alert customers to offers.

She has now appealed to the Scottish Government after her bid was rejected by the council.

Jaki said: "I find the whole thing hypocritical.

“Highland Council lit up Inverness Castle and even used 15 lights on the Kessock Bridge that were made by the same company that sold me the light.

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"I'm only six miles from Inverness as the crow flies, so if my light would impinge on rural areas, so do the lights they're using. It is double standards.”

She added: "If the council wants us stuck in the 1960s, using candlelight, that's up to them but I think we should be moving into the 21st century."

Nine members of the public objected to the plan, the Express reports.

One objector said: "We live in a rural area where there is very little light pollution.

“We should be proud of that and not allow a light like this to ruin our asset of having fairly good, dark skies."

The Daily Star has contacted Highland Council for comment.

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