Let­ter of the week Phonebox fury

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THERE has been cor­re­spon­dence in your pages on the dis­ap­pear­ance of metal sign­posts, but I’m equally con­cerned over the loss of red tele­phone boxes. My car re­cently broke down and I dis­cov­ered that I had for­got­ten my mo­bile phone. I had to walk a con­sid­er­able dis­tance, pass­ing a closed-down pub, be­fore find­ing a phonebox. In­side was a no­tice stat­ing that it was due to be closed be­cause of un­der-use.

Sir Giles Gil­bert Scott’s cre­ation be­came an icon of Bri­tish de­sign, but ap­pears to have no pro­tec­tion. I ap­pre­ci­ate that BT has to make a profit, but surely there should be an el­e­ment of public ser­vice? Not ev­ery­one has a mo­bile and some don’t have a tele­phone at all, so public ones could be es­sen­tial for those need­ing the po­lice, fire or am­bu­lance ser­vices. John Davies, Manch­ester

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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