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Removal of Public Call Boxes

Castle Point Borough Council has received written notification that the following 12 public payphones in the Borough which have been identified and proposed for removal by BT

British Telecom (BT) has placed consultation notices on the relevant payphones and has invited community groups, local residents and users of these boxes to make their views on the removal of the boxes known to the Council.

As part of the Community Consultation the Council is also required to undertake consultation and your comments are required in respect of each phone box on three options:

  • to agree to the removal of the box
  • to adopt the call box for use by the local community (there is a small cost involved)  or
  • to object to the removal of the box

A decision needs to be made in respect of each box and needs to be justified in order to carry any weight.

Full guidance on the removal programme can be found on the following sites:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/28507/removals.pdf

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0035/47879/removing_callboxes.pdf

 

The consultation period closes at 5pm on 1st March 2020. Comments received will be reported to Members and a response will be agreed prior to submitting it to the Secretary of State and BT.

Reasons for removal by BT

BT indicates that overall use of payphones has declined by over 90% in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage.

This is important because as long as there is network coverage, it's now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider. Phone boxes are not being removed where there is no network coverage, in accident black spots, and a number of other locations which meet criteria.

For further information please contact the Strategic Developments Officer at:  K.Fisher-Bright@castlepoint.gov.uk

 

Call boxes under review

 

Telephone Number

Address

Post Code

No. of calls in last 12 months

1

01268682124

Admiral Jellicoe

High Street Canvey

SS8 7RS

131

2

01268682353

Somnes Avenue

Canvey

SS8 9QB

0

3

01268682894

Link Road. Opp. Eastways

Canvey

SS8 9TH

122

4

01268684273

Seaview Road

Canvey

SS8 7PD

80

5

01268684410

Third Avenue

Canvey

SS8 9SU

0

6

01268684573

St. Michaels Road

Canvey

SS8 9NA

1

7

01268684620

Haven Road

Canvey

SS8 0NR

2

8

01268685923

Monico PH.

Eastern Esplanade

Canvey

SS8 7DN

174

9

01268685925

o/s 292 Long Road

Canvey

SS8 0JS

0

10

01268793273

o/s 295 High Road

Benfleet

SS7 5HA

270

11

01268793487

o/s 94 Arundel Road

Benfleet

SS7 4EF

2

12

01268794246

Junc. Dark Lane/Hart Road

SS7 3PF

146

 

 

Proposed Removal List

Note: Questions marked by * are mandatory