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Adopt a phone box? BT ringing the changes on telephone kiosks

Ross Crawford 10th Aug, 2020

BRITISH Telecom has started a consultation on their proposals to remove a telephone kiosk from Alcester.

In all 12 BT payphones have been proposed for removal in nine of the parishes in Stratford district.

The district council, as the relevant local authority, is currently consulting with residents and parish councils giving them three options:

· To agree to the removal

· To adopt the callbox for use by the local community

· To object to the removal

The individual call boxes can all be identified by a Public Notice posted on them by BT, informing residents of their proposal and directing any comments to Stratford District Council.

The consultation is now open until Monday, September 14, 2020.

People can make their views known at www.stratford.gov.uk/btconsultation for further information and to complete the short online survey; or alternatively email Policy.Consultation@stratford-dc.gov.uk with their response.

BT says the overall use of payphones has declined by more than 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having mobile coverage.

BT also notes that as long as there is a network coverage, it’s now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider.

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