Local communities have the opportunity to adopt a traditional red 'heritage' phone box and make them an asset that local people can enjoy. It's really simple to do and costs just £1 - see BT 'Adopt a Kiosk' for more information. There are phone boxes within the District which have been adopted by the community and are used for such purposes as a local information kiosk, library or for a defibrillator.
Adopt a kiosk – Dorsington
The Community Heartbeat Trust, working with Dorsington Parish Council, are interested in taking ownership of the above telephone kiosk under BT's adopt a kiosk initiative.
Before The Community Heartbeat Trust can adopt the kiosk, BT are obliged under Ofcom regulations to consult with relevant public bodies on the permanent removal of the telephone service. As part of the consultation process it is a requirement that we as a District Council consult with the local community to obtain their view.
The consultation finishes at the end of Thursday 14 April 2022.
Please respond to the consultation: Adopt a kiosk - Dorsington Survey
BT indicates that overall use of payphones has declined by over 90% in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time, with at least 98% of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage.
This is important because as long as there is network coverage, it's now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider. Phone boxes are not being removed where there is no network coverage, in accident black spots, and a number of other locations which meet criteria.
For further information please contact the Planning Policy Team by email firstname.lastname@example.org