of phone boxes in Burnham-On-Sea area to be removed by BT
of iconic phone boxes look set to be removed in the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area due to a lack of use, it's been confirmed this
of the lowest-used payphones across Sedgemoor have been earmarked
for removal by British Telecom as part of a cost-cutting move.
those earmarked for removal are one in Church Street, Mark which
was used just once in 12 months, while one in East Huntspill was
used only six times in a year.
others are in Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, which was used 94 times
during the past year, while another in Rosewood Avenue was used
54 times, and another in Burnham Road was used 75 times.
box outside Brent Knoll Post Office is also earmarked to go after
being used 47 times during the past year.
a decline in their numbers in recent years, the telephone box regularly
tops national polls as one of Britain's most iconic structures.
a 'Universal Service Obligation', BT is required to provide adequate
coverage of public payphones," said a spokesman. "However,
BTs case for removal is that the needs of customers have changed
drastically with the increase in mobile phone ownership leading
to a complete change in the communications culture with the
overall use of payphones declining by over 90 per cent in the last
the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is
diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having
either 3G or 4G coverage."
says consultation notices have been placed in all the local payphones
in the Burnham-On-Sea area identified for removal, advising any
interested parties to contact Sedgemoor District Council's Planning
deadline for comments about the proposals is no later than 5pm on
Friday 4th November, 2016. Comments should be submitted electronically
via email to email@example.com
consultation process also gives Parish Councils the opportunity
to adopt a traditional red heritage phone box and make
them an asset that local people can enjoy. It costs just £1,
subject to several conditions, as outlined here.
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