Thursday, 24 May 2018

Nothing done with old kiosk

AN old telephone box in Henley could be refurbished four years after it was bought by the town council.

BT agreed to sell the red kiosk on the corner of St Andrew’s Road and Belle Vue Road in November 2013 for £1.

However, since then the council has done nothing with it so it could be moved to Green Lane where there used to be a phone box before it was damaged by a Transit van and had to be removed.

Councillor David Eggleton said: “I would maintain it and use the inside for something else, such a defibrillator or a library.”

Senior committee administrator Nicci Taylor said there was a family who were interested in adopting the kiosk where it is but wouldn’t do so until it was in better shape.

Meanwhile, the council has turned down the chance to adopt the telephone box at Northfield End, from where no calls have been made in the last year.

Councillor Sarah Miller said: “For £1 I think we should definitely buy it. In the years to come our kids won't know what they are.”

But Councillor David Nimmo Smith replied: “We already own one and we have done nothing with it — I suggested we relocate it to Market Place and put a defibrillator in it but that never happened.”

BT is also looking to decommission four other kiosks in the Henley area.

They are on the Old Bix Road, Bix, from where 10 calls were made in the last 12 months, outside the village hall in Harpsden (one call), outside the Rainbow pub in Middle Assendon (13 calls) and and by the Granary in Pyrton (no calls).

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