A mobile phone reception hotspot is being built in a south Devon village in the form of a 2ft (0.6m) mounted block.
Locals have complained that the bench is getting broken
The block will provide the only place where residents can access mobile phone networks in East Prawle.
It will replace a wooden public bench which people have had to stand on to make their calls.
District councillor Julian Brazil said: "You don't get a mobile telephone signal in East Prawle and people don't want a phone mast."
He said: "People have been complaining the bench is getting broken so it has been decided to get some sort of mounting block that people can use to get reception."
He said the block would cost about £100 to build - money Chivelstone Parish Council says it would have had to spend repairing the bench.