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Residents Views Sought over Future of Phone Boxes

Published Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ribble Valley residents are being asked to 'dial in' on the future of 50 phone boxes in the borough.

BT is proposing to remove public payphones from 50 sites in Ribble Valley, including the iconic ‘centre of the kingdom’ phone box in Dunsop Bridge.

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.

Simon Hore, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing 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’ throughout the borough, so some phone boxes provide a vital service.

“We have contacted parish councils for their views, but I urge residents to find out whether their phone box is under threat and let us know their views.”

The iconic Dunsop Bridge phone box is at the exact centre of the kingdom and was the 100,000th to be installed in the UK. It has become a tourist attraction since its installation in 1992, with visitors to the borough making their way to the picturesque village specifically to have their photograph taken inside it.

To have your say or if your community is interested in ‘adopting’ a phone box contact Ribble Valley Borough Council’s regeneration team on 01200 425111 by 12pm on 13 January.

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


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