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Parish council buys Hampton phonebox for £1

HAMPTON-IN-ARDEN Parish Council has followed the example of the council in neighbouring Bickenhill and "adopted" the public telephone box in the village.

HAMPTON-IN-ARDEN Parish Council has followed the example of the council in neighbouring Bickenhill and "adopted" the public telephone box in the village.

It paid BT £1 for the traditional red kiosk, which is situated next to the entrance to St Mary and St Bartholomew Parish Church in High Street, in order to save it for posterity.

The telecoms giant decided not enough people were using the call box to warrant keeping it going and would have ordered its removal if the council had not agreed to take it over.

Parish councillor Malcolm James said: "Because so many people have mobile phones nowadays, hardly anyone was using the call box and it was costing the telephone company too much to maintain it.

"There's been a telephone kiosk in the High Street for as long as anyone in the village can remember and it has become a local landmark. We thought it was worth keeping.

"The kiosk will now have its services disconnected and the door will be sealed up. The council will be responsible for maintaining it in future. That means buying plenty of bright red paint!"

 

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