BT is proposing to remove 18 public payphones from various locations in Kettering Borough.
Details of the payphones they wish to remove can be found below:
Number of calls made in last 12 months
PCO GRAFTON UNDERWOOD KETTERING
GRAFTON RD KIOSK 272 CRANFORD ST ANDREW TOP DYSONS CRANFORD KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 418115 RUSHTON STATION STATION ROAD RUSHTON KETTERING
ORTON VILLAGE 1PCO ORTON KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 726123 JNC BARTON RD & WOODLAND AVENUE BARTON SEAGRAVE KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 726235 CRANFORD ROAD BURTON LATIMER KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 460219 OPP MOAT FARM LITTLE OAKLEY CORBY
PCO KIOSK 460239 O/S COTTAGES NEWTON KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 525601 JNC ROCKINGHAM RD & COTSWOLD AVENUE KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 525602 CHURCH WAY/ THE SQUARE THORPE MALSOR KETTERING
STAMFORD RD KIOSK 525605 O/S MONTAGUE CLUB WEEKLEY KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 525616 THE MAIN STREET WARKTON KETTERING
O/S NO 46 POLWELL LANE BARTON SEAGRAVE KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 762683 HAVELOCK STREET DESBOROUGH KETTERING
PCO ISHAM ROAD PYTCHLEY KETTERING
PCO KIOSK 790310 WELLINGBOROUGH ROAD BROUGHTON KETTERING
PCO BRIDLE WAY CRANSLEY KETTERING
PCO ASHLEY ROAD STOKE ALBANY MARKET HARBOROUGH
BT is consulting the local communities and Kettering Borough Council asking for comments on their proposals. As part of this consultation process BT asks that if the local communities have any comments, that they forward them on to the Local Authority Planning Department.
If you have comments in support, or objecting to the removal of a payphone, or if you wish to adopt a traditional red “heritage” box to make them an asset that local people can enjoy, then please let us know and we’ll forward your comments on to BT. It is a relatively simple process to adopt a telephone box, and costs just £1. Details of how to adopt a payphone can be found here.
If you would like to make a comment please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Development Services, Kettering Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road, Kettering NN15 7QX. Please title your letters or emails ‘BT payphone removal consultation’ and ensure your comments are made by 5th January 2017.
BT says 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 is now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider.