Calls for re­turn of red phone boxes

Idea for icon on High Street gets cheers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

PEO­PLE could soon be tak­ing self­ies next to a clas­sic red phone box in a high street thanks to a cafe owner’s sug­ges­tion.

Owner of Brazil’s Cafe in Mar­ket Square, Che­sham, Gello Il­czuk, asked Che­sham Town Coun­cil at its an­nual town meet­ing last week if there was any chance the nor­mal BT phone boxes in the high street could be re­placed with red phone boxes.

He said: “If I was walk­ing along and saw a red phone box I’d stop and take a pic­ture and send it to my friends and I would re­mem­ber Che­sham.

“Now, I just walk past them be­cause they’re just phone boxes. Is there any way we could change them to old school red phone boxes?”

His ques­tion was met with loud cheers and ap­plause from the packed out coun­cil cham­ber.

Town clerk Bill Richards re­sponded say­ing: “The short an­swer is I’m afraid I have no idea! If you’re ask­ing if it could be a com­mu­nity project then we’d need to know much it’d cost and the main­te­nance cost. We could bring it for­ward to the town coun­cil at a fu­ture date.”

Mayor Peter Hud­son is keen to see the idea be­come a re­al­ity dur­ing his year in of­fice.

He said: “I think it’s a great idea! The whole premise of re­plac­ing them with some­thing iconic would be fan­tas­tic. I’m very sup­port­ive of the idea and I’ll be mak­ing en­quiries to try and find one.

“The Chiltern Cham­ber has said it is keen to help, so I’ll def­i­nitely take them up on that!

“Some peo­ple have ex­pressed con­cern about the win­dows be­ing bro­ken and it be­ing used as a toi­let, but you run that risk and if you didn’t you’d never do any­thing if you took that ap­proach.

“I def­i­nitely think it’s some­thing that could hap­pen, I don’t think there’s a rea­son it would not, it’s now about find­ing a way to make it hap­pen.”

Would you like to see Che­sham’s high street get a red phone box? Email buck­snews@trin­i­ uk.

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