17 public telephone boxes that were described as a 'lifeline' for rural communities across North Cornwall are set to be saved from the axe.
BT have confirmed that they will cancel their plans to remove public telephones in 17 locations following objections by local residents, councillors and North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson.
The telephones had originally been earmarked for closure by BT as they weren’t being used enough. At the time North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson raised his concerns that public telephones in rural communities could be vital in an emergency and vowed to work with residents who wanted their local call boxes to be saved.
Dan said, “I understand why BT wanted to remove telephone boxes that aren’t used very often, but many residents contacted me to say that they were concerned about the plans and wanted to save public telephones as an emergency lifeline in rural areas with unreliable mobile phone signal.
“I am pleased that we have been successful in our campaign to save these call boxes from the axe, and I’m continuing to work both as local MP and as Government Minister for Rural Affairs to improve mobile phone signal in rural communities across North Cornwall.”
The public telephones that will be saved are:
Bodmin area – Cardinham; Helland (village hall); Nanstallon
Bude area – Jacobstow (village hall); Shop, Morwenstow; Week St Mary (West Week Close); Widemouth Bay (Marine Drive car park)
Camelford area – Helstone
Launceston area – Canworthy Water; Lawhitton (village green);
Wadebridge area – Little Petherick; New Polzeath; Sladesbridge; St Tudy; Trelights; Trebetherick; Broomfield Road, Wadebridge
The kiosk in Otterham is to be adopted by the parish council, and a further 4 call boxes – those in Marhamchurch near Bude, Ladycross Cottages north of Launceston and Stoke Climsland and Rezare between Launceston and Callington - will either be saved with a working phone or the phones removed but the iconic red boxes adopted by parish councils.