Iconic Telephone Box to Stay!


Following BT’s consultation on the removal of Telephone Boxes in the area, Parish Councillor Rachel Rowe, launched a Facebook discussion on whether residents wanted to keep the phone box. Responses came in thick and fast, most of them in favour of retaining the Telephone Box and several offers of help were also received. The Parish Council have now indicated to BT that they want to ‘adopt’ the phone box on behalf of the residents of Gosforth. Councillor Rowe is currently researching and co-ordinating the maintenance of the box so we are ready to act as soon as contracts are exchanged.

Is our Telephone Box a keeper?

BT are planning to remove the telephone box from Gosforth Car Park unless the Parish Council indicates that it wishes to ‘adopt’ it by 12th September. Now here’s the dilemma… the Parish Council does not have a budget for repairing and maintaining the phone box which will be stripped of its phone and electricity. So, we need to hear from groups or individuals who are willing and able to look after the box if it is to stay.

Many villages, up and down the country have adopted their telephone boxes and put them to various uses. Some have been turned into book swops, others have become planters for flowers and one artistic village produced stained glass panels and turned it into a colour therapy box. Defibrillator cabinets, mini-cafes, selfie box and even a pub are some other ideas that have transformed unloved kiosks. Torver, I understand, have turned their telephone box into a fishtank, complete with goldfish!

The downside is that some telephone boxes have been adopted and left to deteriorate further so if we don’t have a plan, we will have an eyesore.

If you have any good ideas and can come up with a plan to present to the Parish Council by 11th September, please get in touch via email gosforth.parish2@outlook.com

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