BT payphone consultation 2019
Consultation opened: 5 November 2019
Consulation closes: 3 December 2019
BT is proposing to remove 30 payphones in Central Bedfordshire.
BT reports 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.
Adopting a phone box could mean that the local authority, town or parish council, or a registered charity could adopt a given phone box. This means that the box itself is retained but can be used for an alternative use. Some examples of how phone boxes have been used include, housing defibrillators, art galleries and libraries. It’s really simple to do and it costs just £1 – http://bt.com/adopt.
Please take a few minutes to read the accompanying BT Payphone Removal consultation document and First Decision document which details the proposed changes, and then give us your views by completing the questionnaire.
Download a PDF copy of the questionnaire.