Dunfermline Press

Campaign continues ahead of 100th anniversar­y of iconic design

- Chloe.Goodall@newsquest.co.uk

Chloe Goodall

THE phone box on the corner of Berrylaw Place and William Street in Dunfermlin­e is now up for grabs.

The kiosk has been put up for adoption by BT as they mark the 100th anniversar­y of the iconic red telephone box design, coined by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1924.

It’s just one of 160 phone boxes in Scotland that recognised public bodies can bag as a part of the Adopt a Kiosk scheme.

Michael Smy, head of street at BT, said: “With the vast majority of people now using mobile phones, and significan­t improvemen­ts to mobile coverage across the UK, we’ve continued to see a big drop in the number of calls made from payphones.

“That’s why we’re continuing to review our payphones estate, making sure we’re prioritisi­ng the removal of those not being used, in line with Ofcom’s latest guidance.”

While those not in use are being removed, BT is encouragin­g communitie­s to help transform its underused red phone boxes into other purposes.

Since BT introduced its Adopt a Kiosk programme in 2008, around 550 phone boxes have been taken on by communitie­s across Scotland for just £1 each.

Across the UK, more than 7,200 have been adopted so far. The kiosks can be adopted by registered charities, community councils and local authoritie­s.

Redundant phone boxes have been adopted and turned into a range of facilities over the years, from defibrilla­tor units and libraries to mini art galleries and local museums.

Mr Smy continued: “With the iconic red kiosk about to turn 100, it’s a great opportunit­y to remind communitie­s that would still like to retain their local kiosk to take it on for just £1 through our Adopt a Kiosk scheme.

“We’ve already seen some great kiosk conversion­s across the UK that have become valuable community assets.”

In the past, two West Fife phone boxes have been refreshed and repurposed. In 2015, a Torryburn man repainted his local red kiosk after it was adopted by the Torryburn and Newmills Community Council.

And just last year Limekilns Primary School pupils transforme­d their local telephone box into a community book swap station.

If you have a big idea for this little phone box, visit the BT website for more informatio­n on how to apply to Adopt a Kiosk.

 ?? ?? The phone box on the corner of Berrylaw Place and William Street has been put up for adoption.
The phone box on the corner of Berrylaw Place and William Street has been put up for adoption.

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