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BT programme of intended public payphone removals

BT has instigated a public consultation on their proposals to remove 44 payphone callboxes within the Borough.   Notices have been posted in each of the relevant phone boxes to inform users and passers-by of the proposals and the consultation process.  In addition, Swindon Borough Council (SBC) has been advised that as the ‘local public organisation’ it has a responsibility to consult local councils, community groups and residents.

There are 4 payphone callbox(es) within the  parish as detailed below:

Telephone  Number Location Number of calls in last 6 months
01793 831663 PCO Sywell Rd SN3 4BG 0
01793 824620 PCO Ruskin Avenue SN2 7NB 48
01793 831680 PCO Ridgeway Rd  SN2 7RX 30
01793 831677 PCO Briery Close SN3 4PA 0

BT offers 3 possible responses to the proposal to remove a callbox:

  1. Agree to the removal
  2. Adopt the callbox.  Where the local callbox is a traditional red phonebox, BT are encouraging communities to purchase for £1 in order to use the box for the benefit of the local community benefits eg as a library.
  3. Object to the removal. Ofcom Regulations state that BT has a duty to provide ‘reasonable geographic access to public call boxes’ and offer the following as relevant factors to consider in relation to each callbox:
  • Whether the area in which the box is located has a relatively high proportion of people on low incomes or in rented properties who could be less likely to have access to mobile or fixed line telephones.
  • Whether the area requires a phone box for emergency calls, perhaps near an accident black spot or near to a community facility.  
  • Whether the area has poor or sporadic mobile network coverage.
  • The level of call volumes made from callbox which can give an indication as to its usefulness or value to the community.

A case will need to be argued for each objection, backed up with evidence.  

Responses should be sent to either forwardplanning@swindon.gov.uk or Forward Planning, Swindon Borough Council, Wat Tyler West House, 5th floor, Beckhampton Street, Swindon SN1 2JG.

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