Villagers adopt old red phone boxes
Sep 10 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
TWO old style red phone boxes are to be adopted by Meltham Town Council.
And at £1 per box, it’s not bad value!
The council chose to adopt a box on Wilshaw Road, Wilshaw, and Slades Lane, Helme, at its meeting at Meltham Town Hall on Monday.
Councillors will now purchase the boxes, without phones, from British Telecom for a paltry two pounds.
But the council chose not to adopt a red box on Slaithwaite Road, Meltham, due to persistent vandalism.
Last year BT offered councils the chance to adopt their traditional red phone kiosks for £500 for full telephone facilities or £1 for an empty booth.
The communications giant has since received hundreds of applications to adopt the once ubiquitous red box.
Clr Terry Lyons said: “I think they add to the actual appearance of the villages.
“We are a conservation area and they are traditional and we wouldn’t want to lose them as they enhance the area.”