PLANS to turn a Cultybraggan nuclear bunker into a digital safe house stepped up a gear last week as a Lincoln-based communications firm bid for it.

The Lincoln-based communications firm GCI Com Group Ltd have shown interest in the Cold War building, saying it would provide its clients with a recovery service in the event of disaster.

The joint venture with GCI Telecom Group will bring the first high security data centre with support services into Scotland. The shelter at the former prisoner-of-war camp will be used to store confidential computer files.

However despite what many of the nationals reported last week, the sale has not been concluded yet. Look out for it in the Strathallan Times or CDT bulletins and you will hear it here first.

Many Comrie residents are looking forward to the venture as it also includes plans to bring high speed broadband to residents and businesses in the Shakey Town.

Alan Caldwell, Chair of the Trust's Cultybraggan Working Group said it will "bring high broadband speeds to the community and the Camp equivalent to that of a major city."

It is hoped the leap in technology will boost local businesses that have been held back by poor internet coverage.

Alan said: "This is an exciting project and potentially a defining moment for the community plan for Cultybraggan Camp." And Wayne Martin, chairman of GCI Com Group added: "This venture will bring Comrie and the Camp into the national spotlight for a best in breed hosting and disaster recovery centre, along with the camp benefitting from access to high speed data only really available in key cities within the UK". "I am very excited by the prospect of working closely with such an entrepreneurial community."

The board have set out a rough timescale of 18 - 24 months for the data centre to become operational and said the first step is to make the building watertight again following years of lying dormant.