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  • MP URGES LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO ADOPT RED PHONE BOXES FROM BT

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging communities in his constituency to think about adopting their local BT phone box after the company announced that several more will be removed. With most people owning mobile phones or landlines or both, usage has declined by over 90% in the last decade, but the boxes still cost millions of pounds a year to clean and are often targets for vandalism and graffiti. Many communities across the country have adopted their iconic red phone boxes and have found innovative ways to use them, such as housing community defibrillators or even a local library.

    Mr Stride said:

    “There are 16 phone boxes being consulted on in Central Devon – five are due to be kept after local objections and two are set to be adopted after communities expressed an interest in taking them on. But the other nine may well disappear. I do hope these communities will seriously consider adopting theirs because they can often be put to very good use.”

    According to BT, the phone boxes within Central Devon that they are looking to remove and have not yet received an interest in adopting are located in Rewe, North Tawton, Poughill, Buckfastleigh, Haytor, Nadderwater, Whitestone, Bridford, Doddiscombsleigh and Sampford Courtenay. Five boxes located in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Buckfastleigh, Beaworthy, Okehampton and North Tawton will be kept after local objections to their removal and two more, in Dunchideock and North Tawton, are set to be adopted locally.





     

     







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