Beds & Northants Phone Boxes To Go?
1 December 2016, 06:00
Daventry and Central Bedfordshire Councils want to hear if they public care if BT take away the last of the area's public payphones and telephone boxes.
Daventry District Council (DDC) wants to oppose plans to remove the iconic red boxes in villages across the District.
BT has contacted the Council with proposals to remove 49 phone boxes in total from around Daventry District, 16 of which are the traditional red 'K6' telephone boxes.
DDC has also applied to Historic England to grant the majority of them listed status to help protect them in the future.
DDC may however agree for BT to decommission eight of the red boxes if they are adopted by the local parish councils or residents.
The Council also plans to agree to the removal of 22 modern phone boxes proposed by BT, but objects to the other 11, either because the call levels suggest there is a demand in the area they are in and they provide a valuable local resource, or they are located in areas where mobile phone reception is poor.
The initial draft response - known as the First Notification - can be viewed on the Council's website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation.
People have until 5pm on Wednesday, December 21 give their feedback. Councillors will then consider a final response to BT at its Strategy Group meeting in January.
The 16 K6 red phone boxes proposed by BT for removal are located in the following villages: Charwelton, Church Brampton, Cold Ashby, Coton, Cottesbrooke, Hanging Houghton, Holdenby, Long Buckby, Newnham, Nobottle, Old, Onley, Sibbertoft, Spratton, Staverton and Winwick.
Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) are also asking the public if there's still a need for public payphones or does mobile technology mean they have had their day?
It's following BT's announcement that it's proposing to remove 80 of the remaining 120 public payphones across Central Bedfordshire that are no longer regularly used.
The Council say they'll be co-ordinating the official response to BT, following a public consultation for residents to comment on the Council's First Decision on whether it agrees or objects to the removal of each of the 80 payphones identified by BT as no longer necessary.
The consultation will run until Thursday 15 December.