Cam­paign to save phones

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Al l p ay phones should be re­tained in Ruther­glen, the town’s com­mu­nity coun­cil has said.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors voted this week to op­pose a pro­posal by BT to re­move four lesser used pay phones from the town.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant said the roll out of mo­bile phones and 3G and 4G in­ter­net means phones at Cru­achan Road, Spit­tal Road, McCal­lum Av­enue and Stonelaw Road are no longer needed.

Only 381 calls were made at Cru­achan Road in the past 12 months, with 334 made at Spit­tal Road, 98 made at McCal­lum Av­enue and 178 made at Stonelaw Road.

But com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors said the fact the phones were be­ing used meant they should be re­tained.

Tommy Rooney, chair­man of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “We don’t know the cir­cum­stances in which they are be­ing used. It could be some­one that has seen some­thing that is phon­ing in an emer­gency. It is a way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing for some peo­ple, I think they should be kept.

“They ap­pear to be quite well used. Ninety- six in 12 months, that’s twice a week.”

BT says the over­all use of pay phones has re­duced by more than 90 per cent in the last decade, with at least 98 per cent of the UK now hav­ing ei­ther 3G or 4G cov­er­age.

As there is net­work cov­er­age, it is pos­si­ble to call emer­gency ser­vices even when there is no credit or no cov­er­age from mo­bile providers.

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