Save our phone boxes demand

PUBLISHED: 11:16 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 11 May 2010

Cllr Fiona Hill

Cllr Fiona Hill

COUNCILLORS are demanding that telephone kiosks should NOT be removed. The move comes after BT threatened to remove a phone box in Melbourn Road and York Way, Royston. Members of North Herts District Council s Royston area committee see the move as the s

COUNCILLORS are demanding that telephone kiosks should NOT be removed.

The move comes after BT threatened to remove a phone box in Melbourn Road and York Way, Royston.

Members of North Herts District Council's Royston area committee see the move as the start of a campaign which could lead to the end of all phone boxes in the area.

At the moment there are about nine phone kisoks around Royston.

Committee chairman Cllr Fiona Hill said: "It's a proposal we have to resist.

She said that even in this day and age not everyone had a mobile phone the the telephone kiosks were there in case of an emergency.

Cllr Hill said that when the district council approached BT about the removal of the telephone kiosks it did not even know exactly the number in Royston.

Her call to save the telephone kiosks was support by Cllr Tony Hunter.

He said: "If we don't make any mention of this loss then we will probably see more disappear."

Cllr Howard Marshall said he was quite "sentimental" about seeing old-fashioned red telephone boxes.

He said he would not like to see the one removed from his village in Reed. "They are part of the countryside," he said.

BT is currently considering removing telephone kiosks which it says are "unprofitable".

But it added that it would retain those where there is a "social need".

It has already earmarked kiosks for removal in Barley, Steeple Morden and Guilden Morden.

The Office of Communications, Ofcom, said in a survey that more than 33 per cent of adults still used phone boxes and 7 per cent used them regularly.

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