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  1. Published on: 13/09/2017 10:37 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    A phone box used to make as little as three calls in the past year has been removed from Long Lane, Aughton.

    Its site on Aughton Park Drive is marked by a postage stamp size piece of land after it was taken away last month.

    Today, a BT press officer told QLocal: "Further to our conversation, I can confirm that the Long Lane, Aughton phone box was removed on 8th August.

    "This was due to a payphone rationalisation exercise we have undertaken across the UK.

    "It was carried out in consultation with the local authority, and in this case, no objection to the removal of the phone box was received by the end of the three month consultation period and therefore it was removed.

    She went on: “BT is committed to providing a public payphone service, but with usage declining by over 90 per cent in the last decade, we’ve continued to review and remove payphones which are no longer needed.

    "Any removal of payphones is carried out in strict adherence to the Ofcom guidelines and, where appropriate, with the consent of local authorities.

    "In all instances where there’s no other payphone within 400 metres, we’ll ask for consent from the local authority to remove the payphone. Where we receive objections from the local authority, we won’t remove the payphone.

    "As an alternative to removal, we will continue to actively promote our Adopt a Kiosk scheme to all councils whilst being committed to maintaining the payphones that remain.”
       

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