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Remove, adopt, object? The fate of 73 North Norfolk phone boxes revealed

PUBLISHED: 15:31 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 13 February 2017

Nearly 30 public call boxes will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Nearly 30 public call boxes will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT. Photo: Simon Finlay.

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Nearly 30 public call boxes - many of them the classic red box - will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT.

Last year the telecommunications giant announced proposals to disconnect its least profitable payphones, both traditional and modern, across the region.

A series of 90-day consultations was launched and North Norfolk District Council has released the results, following receipt of comments from parish and town councils.

A spokesman for the council said: “Out of 73 phone boxes, communities decided to adopt 19 under the ‘adopt-a-kiosk scheme’, 28 agreed to removal of the phone and phone box, and 26 objected to BT’s proposal to remove the facility.

“Many parish or town council objections to removal cited poor mobile phone reception.”

As reported, campaigners last year issued a red alert urging communities across the county to ‘adopt a kiosk’ for £1.

The red call box has been a symbol of British culture since the 1920s, but the rise of the mobile phone means the payphones have been vanishing from our streets.

Set for removal: Antingham, Briston, Catfield, Cley, Corpusty Dukes Head, Hempton, Hindringham Wells Road, Ingham, Ingworth, Little Barningham, Morston, Mundesley, Northrepps Norwich Road, Paston, Pudding Norton, Roughton - Roughton Road, Smallburgh, Southrepps, Stalham, rear of clubhouse car park, Stalham High Street, Sustead, Sutton, Swanton Novers, Trunch, Walsingham, and Weybourne.

Adopted: Barton Turf, Beeston Regis, Brinton, Colby, Corpusty Little London, Erpingham, Field Dalling x two, Fulmodeston, Hempstead, Hindringham Moorgate Road, Melton Constable, Stody, Swanton Abbott, Tattersett, Thornage, Tunstead. Witton and Wiveton.

Objected to: Colby Mill Road, Gimingham, Gresham x two, Hanworth, Happisburgh, Helhoughton, Hickling, High Kelling, Hindolveston, Horning, Kelling, Knapton, North Walsham West, East and North, Northrepps Church Street, Potter Heigham, Roughton Norwich Road, Ryburgh, Sheringham Holway Road, Sheringham Cromer Road, Sidestrand, Stalham Lower Staithe Road, and Wighton.

Did you adopt a call box? What are your plans? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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