Payphones set to be axed across Pendle

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A 90% reduction in payphone use is behind BT’s proposals for cutting the line to 17 phone boxes across Pendle.

Phone boxes in Barley, Roughlee, Higham, Fence, Nelson, Colne, Kelbrook, Barnoldswick and Earby face being axed as part of BT’s plans as more and more of the country is covered by either a 3G or 4G signal.

Six of the phone boxes under consultation have not been used at all in the last 12 months to make a call and three others registered calls in single figures.

However, four of the phone boxes proposed to be taken offline were used at least 100 times, with one in Glenfield Road in Nelson used 319 times over the last year and the telephone box outside the Barley Mow was used on 274 occasions over the same period.

The telecoms giant launched a public consultation which ends on December 28th giving communities the option of adopting a red heritage phone box. This can be done at http://business.bt.com/phone-services/payphone-services/adoptakiosk and costs £1.

Pendle Council’s area committees are being consulted on the proposals too. West Craven and the Barrowford and Western Parishes Committees both decided to consult relevant parish councils with the responses in time for December’s meetings.

Colne’s committee voted to make no objections to the removal of those in the Colne and district area but that BT should be approached with a view to improvements being made to the two “listed” phone boxes in Albert Road.

Nelson Committee also voted to make no objections to the proposals, and asked BT to consider removing a phone box in Percy Street.

A spokesman for BT said: “BT is committed to providing a public payphone service, but with usage declining by over 90% in the last decade, we’ve continued to review and remove payphones which are no longer needed.

“Any removal of payphones is carried out in strict adherence to the Ofcom guidelines and, where appropriate, with the consent of local authorities. In all instances where there’s no other payphone within 400 metres, we’ll ask for consent from the local authority to remove the payphone. Where we receive objections from the local authority, we won’t remove the payphone.

“As an alternative to removal, we will continue to actively promote our Adopt a Kiosk scheme to all councils whilst being committed to maintaining the payphones that remain.”

The phone boxes proposed to be removed are:

∙ Junction of Merclesden Avenue and Marsden Hall Road North, Nelson, BB9 8JH;

∙ Outside St Mary’s Church, Newchurch-in-Pendle, BB12 9JR;

∙ Near To Lisleitrim Crowtrees, Roughlee, BB9 6NU;

∙ Opposite the entrance to the Fence Gate Hotel, Wheatley Lane Road, Fence, BB12 9EE;

∙ Outside No. 25 Glenfield Road, Nelson, BB9 8AP;

∙ Adjacent to Thorneyholme Square, Roughlee, BB12 9LQ;

∙ Adjacent to the car park at the Barley Mow, Barley, BB12 9JX;

∙ Junction of Maurice Street adjacent to 165 Every Street, Nelson, BB9 7JB;

∙ Opposite 96 Higham Hall Road, Higham Hall Road, Higham, BB12 9EY;

∙ Opposite 64 Coates Avenue, Barnoldswick, BB18 6EY;

∙ Ooutside Coates Sub Post Office, Skipton Road, Barnoldswick, BB18 5RX;

∙ Near the Craven Heifer Inn, Colne Road, Kelbrook, BB18 6TF;

∙ Near the Station Hotel, Colne Road, Earby, BB18 6XL;

∙ Junction of Keighley Road and Kingsley Road, Colne BB8 7HP;

∙ Below Pleasant View Near 47 Skipton Road, Foulridge, BB8 7PX;

∙ O/S Sainsburys Windy Bank Road and North Valley Road, Colne, BB8 9DR;

∙ Junction of Briercliffe Street and Avenue, Colne, BB8 8JJ.