Phone box phase out plan in villages between Donington and Boston

BT wants to remove 12 phone boxes in Algarkirk, Fosdyke, Kirton, Kirton End, Kirton Holme, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wigtoft.'' Photo by Ben Carmichael.
BT wants to remove 12 phone boxes in Algarkirk, Fosdyke, Kirton, Kirton End, Kirton Holme, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wigtoft.'' Photo by Ben Carmichael.
  • Consultation for removal of BT Payphones from Algarkirk to Wigtoft
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Villages between Donington and Boston could be losing their phone boxes after claims of a lack of usage.

Phone boxes in Algarkirk, Fosdyke, Kirton, Kirton End, Kirton Holme, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wigtoft could all be removed by BT whose figures showed an overall 90 per cent drop in use of them over the last ten years.

BT and Boston Borough Council, which provides waste collection, planning and environmental health services for all eight villages, are in talks about taking away a total of 12 phone boxes across the villages.

A Boston Borough Council spokesman said: “BT is consulting the local communities and council, asking for comments on their proposals to remove 23 payphones within the borough.

“As part of this, BT asks that if communities have any comments that they forward them to the council’s Planning Department.

“If you have comments in support, or objecting to the removal of a payphone, or if you wish to adopt a traditional red ‘heritage’ box to make them an asset that local people can enjoy, then please let us know.

BT says that overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time

Boston Borough Council spokesman

“It is a relatively simple process to adopt a telephone box and costs just £1.”

To make a comment, either e-mail planning@boston.gov.uk or write to Planning Services, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR.

Please title your letters or emails “BT payphone removal consultation” and ensure your comments are made by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

The spokesman said: “BT says that overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time.

“At least 98 per cent of the UK has either 3G or 4G coverage which is important because as long as there is network coverage, it is now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or coverage from your own mobile provider.”