Thursday, 18 August 2022

'Let's use old phone boxes'

UNUSED phone boxes in Henley should be bought and refurbished by the town council, says a councillor.

David Eggleton said the boxes which BT is looking to decommission were part of the town’s heritage and should be preserved.

The council turned down the chance to adopt a telephone box in Northfield End, from where no calls have been made in a year.

Cllr Eggleton said: “I’d like to keep all these telephone boxes. The council can purchase them for £1 and give them a lick of paint. Otherwise they have gone and we are never going to get them back. It’s very important to preserve our heritage.”

The council agreed to buy a box on the corner of St Andrew’s Road and Belle Vue Road in 2013.

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

Councillor David Nimmo Smith said that if the council was going to buy the kiosks they should be put to use.

“The one in Satwell has a library and the one in Checkendon has a defibrillator,” he added.

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