Rescuing phone boxes for the community

BT has recently identified 16 phone boxes in Reading that are not being used for their intended purpose, and they have therefore applied to the council for the removal of these or for local communities to buy them off BT for the nominal sum of £1.

A list of the phone boxes recommended for removal can be found in this planning application: planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=162004&ApplicationNumber=162004. Select ‘View plans and documents’ and open the supporting letter at the top of the list.

There are so many uses that communities nationally have already put their acquired phone boxes to, including defibrillator booths, repair cafes for small items such as smartphones, library, art gallery, leasing to small businesses, coffee shops, pop-up events, tourist info booths and more.

If a group is interested in adopting a kiosk they should contact BT by following the instructions on the web page at business.bt.com/solutions/small-business/communities/adopt-a-kiosk-how-it-works. BT’s consultation period ends on 6 January 2017 so any applications should be made before then.

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