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REVEALED: Usage of Mid Suffolk payphones revealed as consultation launched to close them

By Mike Scialom

Consultation launched to close public payphones
Consultation launched to close public payphones

British Telecom (BT) are proposing to close 47 public payphones in Mid Suffolk.

A consultation has been launched, ending December 4, which gives local communities the chance to adopt a traditional red ‘heritage’ phone box and make them an asset to their area.

Views of the public are also being sought.

In the Diss Express area, the most used phone boxes in Suffolk proposed to be closed were those in Shop Street, Worlingworth, and Mill Road, Mendlesham — they were used for three calls in the past 12 months.

A statement on the Mid Suffolk District Council website read: “Overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent 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.”

For more information on adopting a phone box, see http://business.bt.com/phone-services/payphone-services/adopt-a-kiosk

And to have your say on the consultation, email your thoughts to BTConsultation@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

- Diss Express phone boxes up for closure and their number of calls in the past 12 months:

High Street, Gislingham - 2; Eye Road, Yaxley - 0; The Street, Eye Road, Kenton - 0; The Street, Bedingfield - 0; Shop Street, Worlingworth - 3; Stonham Road, Cotton - 0; Broad Road, Bacton - 0; Rectory Road, Wyverstone - 0; Shop Green, Bacton - 2; A140 southbound, Mendlesham - 0; Mill Road, Mendlesham - 3; Stonham Road, Mickfield -0; Norwich Road, Little Stonham - 0; Mill Green, Stonham Aspal -0; The Street, Stonham Aspal - 0; The Street, Redgrave - 0; Castleton Way, Eye - 0; Little Green, Burgate - 2; The Common, Stuston - 0; The Street, Stoke Ash - 0; Fen View, Thorndon -1; The Street. Weybread - 1; Diss Road, Wattisfield - 1;

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