Phone box survey
Views on plans to remove 42 public pay phones in Richmondshire are once again being sought.
The District Council is asking for community opinions on BT’s plans to get rid of boxes that they say are underused. It is just nine months since the authority objected to the removal of these boxes, and had the support of local residents and community groups.
They feared that with erratic mobile phone coverage, holiday homes without landlines and poor winter weather removing the boxes would leave many of the areas vulnerable in emergencies.
The boxes under threat are in and around Appersett, Hardraw, Simonstone, Burtersett, Worton, Bishopdale, Newbiggin, West Burton, West Witton, Carlton, Wensley, Preston under Scar, Carperby, Gunnerside, Langthwaite, Thwaite, Reeth, Healaugh, Grinton, Marrick, Barden, Marske, East Hauxwell, Constable Burton, Finghall, Scotton, Tunstall, North Cowton, Scorton, Catterick Garrison, Hudswell, Richmond, Gilling West, Eppleby, Barton, Manfield, Dalton and Newsham.
Residents have until September 28 to reply to the council’s consultation. The responses will then be collated and sent to BT along with the views of district councillors following a full council meeting in October.
One of the options given to local parishes by BT is to ‘adopt a kiosk’ and use it for other purposes – perhaps as a library or home for a community defibrillator.
To take part in the consultation check out our BT payphone removal survey or follow the link on richmondshire district council’s facebook account.