Phone boxes fac­ing axe

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @oliv­erclayRWWN

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.”

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