Telephone giant BT is planning to remove three public pay-telephone boxes in Penarth as part of its plans to scrap a total of 1,579 kiosks across Wales.
The cuts will halve the number of kiosks in Wales, take out 20 phone boxes across the Vale of Glamorgan and all affected local authorities and community councils are being consulted.
This week Penarth Town Council will be considering a report on BT’s plans to remove three local phone boxes. The kiosks affected are at : –
- Castle Avenue
- Pill St ( not Hill St as first reported).
- St Luke’s Avenue
All three boxes on the hit list are are of the more modern design with three sides in glass and none are of the traditional pre-war red K9 type which are located within the Penarth Conservation Area. Those red boxes are safe, for now.
BT say “notices of potential removal” have been put up on all the kiosks under threat . The argues they don’t get enough use to justify their maintenance costs.
A BT spokesman says the removal of payphones is carried out in strict adherence to guidelines from the communications regulator Ofcom and is carried out with the consent of local authorities
There is however an alternative to removal . BT has an “Adopt a Kiosk” scheme which enables groups of local people and local councils to look after specific kiosks in their areas