Have Your Say on Future of Borough's Phone Boxes

Published Thursday, 26 September 2019

Ribble Valley residents are asked to ‘dial in’ on the future of 40 phone boxes in the borough.

BT is proposing to remove public payphones from 40 village centres and remote spots in Ribble Valley.

Now Ribble Valley Borough Council wants to hear residents’ views on the matter before responding to the proposed closures.

BT wants to axe payphones where usage has declined by 90 per cent or more, but some communities claim they offer a vital emergency lifeline and should remain.

Alison Brown, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning committee, said: “The council is coordinating the community response to the proposed closures and will be putting its views to BT in due course.

“The mobile phone reception in Ribble Valley is patchy and there are numerous wireless ‘not spots’ in the borough, so some phone boxes provide a vital service.

“We will be contacting parish councils for their views, but I urge residents to find out whether their phone box is under threat and let us know what they think.”

To have your say contact Ribble Valley Borough Council’s regeneration team on 01200 425111 by 5pm on Friday 8 November.

To find out if your local phone box is under threat or for more information, see Phone Box Removal.

If your community is interested in ‘adopting’ a red heritage phone box for £1, visit bt.com/adopt.


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