Dozens of public telephone boxes in North Cornwall have been earmarked for closure as BT say they aren’t being used enough.
BT have announced proposals to remove 130 telephone boxes across Cornwall that have low usage levels. Of the call boxes set to close the number of calls in the last 12 months range from 0 in Otterham, New Polzeath, and Stoke Climsland to 84 at Broomfield Road in Wadebridge.
North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson is concerned about the impact of the plans in rural communities and wants to work with residents to save public telephones which could be vital in an emergency.
Commenting, Dan said “I appreciate why BT want to remove telephone boxes that aren’t used very often – but in many of our rural communities with unreliable mobile phone signal, or no signal at all, public call boxes can be a lifeline in an emergency.
Dan is worried that if all of these call box closures go ahead, many villagers will find it harder to make an emergency call. Dan is already working to improve mobile phone coverage across our area, but many communities simply don’t have a reliable mobile phone signal. Other people who don’t have access to a landline might also be stuck if there is a fault with the mobile network.
“If your local telephone box is under threat and you think it should be saved, please contact me and I will do what I can to help.”
BT are offering parish councils and registered charities the opportunity to purchase the call boxes for £1 after the phones have been removed. Villagers in many areas have turned unused telephone kiosks into community libraries, including at Trequite near St Kew.
You can find the full list of telephone boxes earmarked for closures in North Cornwall below:
Poundstock, Treskinnick Cross
Week St Mary: West Week Close
Widemouth Bay: Marine Drive Car Park
Cardinham: Poundstock Close
Helland: Outside Helland Village Hall
St Breward: Churchtown
Camelford Station: Railway Cottages
Helstone: Post Office
Otterham: The Rectory
Langdon Cross, North Petherwin
Lawhitton: Village Green
Rezare: Village Green
Yeolmbridge: Ladycross Cottages
Burlawn: Elm Terrace
Trelights, Port Isaac
Trenance, St Issey
Wadebridge: Broomfield Road