Phone boxes facing axe
TWO further public payphones in Runcorn could be scrapped by a telecomms giant due to anti-social behaviour.
BT has applied to Halton Borough Council to remove phone boxes on Woodhatch Road in Brookvale and at the junction of Morval Crescent and Boston Avenue in Halton Brook.
Residents have until Thursday, January 26, to comment on the proposals.
The council has set a date of Thursday, February 26, to decide on the plans.
A BT spokeswoman said: “On this occasion we have been asked by authorities to try and reduce the number of payphones in that area due to anti-social behaviour.
“As there are relatively high numbers of payphones in the area we have agreed but, due to the fact there are no other payphones within 400m of each payphone, a consultation is still required and the same process applies.”
Last year BT applied to remove 17 public phone boxes across Runcorn and Widnes.
In Widnes, the telecomms giant applied to get rid of phones boxes at the Halton View Road and Ireland Street, outside 214 Hale Road, outside Saffron Restaurant on Derby Road, at the junction of junction of Coronation Drive and Ditchfield Place, the corner of Hale Road and Clapgate Crescent, land to the north of the junction of Peelhouse Lane and Lilac Avenue, south of the junction of Blythe Avenue and Grosvenor Road and behind The Sporting Ford in Cherry Sutton.
The structures in Runcorn which were earmarked for removal are at the junction of Barnfield Avenue and The Ridgeway in Murdishaw, to the north of Hillfield on Norton, the rear of Plantation Close in Castlefields, the side of Primrose Close in Castlefields, on Pendennis Court in Castlefields, Cholmondeley Road, the junction of Sydney Street and South Parade in Weston Point, opposite Tunnel Top Cottage on Northwich Road in Dutton and at Cranage Close behind Whitchurch Way in Halton Lodge.
Last year, a BT spokeswoman said: “BT is committed to providing a public payphone service, but with usage declining by over 90% in the last decade, we’ve continued to review and remove payphones which are no longer needed.
“Any removal of payphones is carried out in strict adherence to the Ofcom guidelines and, where appropriate, with the consent of local authorities.
“In all instances where there’s no other payphone within 400 metres, we’ll ask for consent from the local authority to remove the payphone. Where we receive objections from the local authority, we won’t remove the payphone.”