Have your say on British Telecom’s phone box removal proposals

Posted on: 27 August 2019

Have your say and let us know what you think about British Telecom’s (BT) plans to remove 20 phone boxes across North Devon.

North Devon Council is carrying out the consultation on behalf of BT to find out what local people think about the plans to remove the phone boxes which are listed on the council’s website (www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations). The proposals are being put forward following the decline in use of phone boxes by 90% over the last decade and 98% of the UK having either 3G or 4G mobile coverage.

The consultation process also gives local communities the opportunity to adopt a traditional red ‘heritage’ phone box and make them a community asset. Details about how to do this can also be found on the consultation page or by visiting www.bt.com/adopt

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “We have already contacted parish councils for their views, however we want to know what local residents think as well. I would like to hear from as many  local residents as possible to find out whether they agree or disagree with the proposed phone boxes being removed and the reasons why. It doesn’t take long to provide your opinion and it doesn’t need to be a lengthy response, it will however help us provide a picture to BT of what the people of North Devon think about their proposals.”

The council is coordinating responses for BT and will respond on a case by case basis for each phone box on whether its proposed loss is agreed with, objected to or whether the community wish to adopt the phone box themselves.

Comments must be received by the council by Friday 27 September, either by email to planningcomments@northdevon.gov.uk (marked ‘Phone box removal – ref. 00033’ and identifying the phone box the response is about) or by post to Strategic Development and Planning, North Devon Council, Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1DG.

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