Ringing the changes for public phone boxes with more than 90 set to be axed

November 09 2016

BT wants to remove more than 90 public phone boxes from towns and villages across South Gloucestershire, with Yate among the hardest hit.

BT wants to remove more than 90 public phone boxes from towns and villages across South Gloucestershire, with Yate among the hardest hit.
The town is set to lose 12 kiosks as more people turn to mobile phones to make calls.
Kiosks in Abbotswood and Brimsham Green shopping centres are among the dozen which could disappear.
Chipping Sodbury is also due to lose the phone box near the subway in Goldcrest Road, while Old Sodbury, Horton and Codrington will also see kiosks taken away, unless the case to keep them can be proved.
The removal concerns those phone boxes identified as unnecessary, while BT said it retained those still in use or categorised as providing a social need.
There is also an option for local people to adopt traditional red “heritage” phone boxes for £1 and turn them into community assets.
Comments on the planned removal can be made via the South Gloucestershire Council website by November 7 and any interest to adopt a kiosk will also be passed on to BT.
There will be further consultation before a final decision is taken in mid-December.