Corby phone boxes in line for removal

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Eight Corby phone boxes are set to be removed by BT.

Corby Borough Council has publicised the fact that British Telecom is propose to remove eight public phone boxes in the borough.

During October 2016, BT posted a notice on each of the payphones proposed for removal, advising of their plans.

Under Ofcom regulations, the council now has responsibility for carrying out a consultation with the local community on these proposals.

Corby Borough Council is now seeking your comments on the proposed plans to remove the following public payphones:

Occupation Road/Rutherglen Road,Corby

Willowbrook Road/Maidford Road, Corby

Princewood/Causeway Road, Gretton Brook Industrial Estate, Corby

Newark Drive, Corby

High Street, Stanion

Shire Road/Stour Road, Corby

High Street, Weldon

Great Oakley, Corby

According to figures, the overall use of payphones has reduced by more than 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for emergency situations is falling, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having 3G or 4G coverage.

BT says that as long as there is network coverage, it is possible to call emergency services even when there is no credit or coverage from your own mobile provider.

BT requires justification for any objection made to the removal of a payphone. For example, there may be no mobile coverage in a particular area, the payphone may be well used by residents or the passing public, or it may be located close to an accident hotspot.

Any comments received will be taken into consideration in the council’s decision on whether to agree to the removal of a payphone or whether to object.

Comments must be received by no later than Friday, December 2, via email to localplans.consultation@corby.gov.uk or alternatively, you can post your comments to the following address:

BT Payphone Consultation, Local Plans, Corby Borough Council, Deene House. New Post Office Square, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 1GD.