Consultation launched on BT plans to remove 42 payphones

The phone box in Thwaite is one that is at risk.

Views are wanted on BT’s plans to remove 42 payphones across Richmondshire.

The communications company says the phones are being underused, although figures show several are still being used regularly.

Community leaders say others are needed as they are situated in communities where mobile phone coverage is poor.

Richmondshire District Council is seeking views on the plans and is urging members of the public to get in touch.

You can do so by completing the short survey here.

All responses will be collated and forwarded to BT before the deadline o0f September 28.

Alternatively, comments can be forwarded to the district council’s business and community officer, Chloe Lewis, via email at chloe.lewis@richmondshire.gov.uk 

The phone boxes under threat, and the average number of calls made each month are:

  • Manfield – 0
  • Barton – 0
  • Dalton Gates – 0
  • Eppleby – 0
  • East Hauxwell – 0
  • Constable Burton – 0
  • Finghall – 1
  • Tunstall – 0
  • Scorton – 0
  • Hudswell – 0
  • Marske – 0
  • Windsor Avenue, Richmond – 0
  • Victoria Road, Richmond — 1
  • Reeth Road, Richmond — 2
  • Gilling West — 2
  • Bedale Road, Scotton – 0
  • Broadway, Colburn — 9
  • Hilyard Row, Catterick Garrison — 3
  • Grinton – 2
  • Reeth – 3
  • Langthwaite – 1
  • Gunnerside — 0
  • Marrick – 0
  • Healaugh – 0
  • Thwaite – 0
  • Newsham – 0
  • Dalton – 0
  • Barden – 0
  • Leyburn — 12
  • Wensley – 0
  • Preston – 0
  • West Witton – 0
  • Carlton – 0
  • Worton – 0
  • Newbiggin – 0
  • West Burton – 0
  • Bishopdale – 0
  • Carperby – 0
  • Simonstone – 0
  • Burtersett – 0
  • Appersett – 0
  • Hardraw – 0

3 Comments

  1. It should be obvious to anyone that where there is no mobile signal these can be a lifesaver! Increasing usage over previous years I would imagine with holiday makers now flooding into the dales finding no signal

  2. Better to have them and not need them, than need them and not have them! I think they should stay.

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