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Residents asked to “Phone In” Broken Payphones

Published Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Residents in Ribble Valley are being asked to “phone in” if their public payphone is broken or in a state of disrepair.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is objecting to the proposed closure of 42 phone boxes in the borough.

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

It wants to axe payphones where usage has declined by 90 per cent or more, but has to consider keeping them in service if communities object and is also under an obligation to repair any public payphones that are not working.

The council has objected to 42 out of the 50 proposed closures after consulting local residents and now wants to know if any of the borough’s payphones are broken or in a state of disrepair regardless of whether they are earmarked for closure.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of regeneration and housing, Colin Hirst, said: “Payphones are a particularly valuable asset in rural areas and we are keen to ensure that they are available and in working order for use by residents and visitors in emergencies, or if they need an alternative method of communication.

“We need to know if the reason for the declining use of payphones is simply because they not working and are asking residents to report any that are broken or in a state of disrepair regardless of whether they are earmarked for closure.”

To report a broken public payphone contact Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

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