Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 3 June 2021
BT have identified nine payphone boxes across the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth that they are proposing to remove, as they are rarely used.
The phone service provider have been ‘continually reviewing’ demand for payphones across the borough and found that they are used only used a little.
They are located all across the borough, with five in Hinckley, one in Burbage, one in Desford, another in Twycross, and the final in Desford.
A BT phone box was quietly removed last year (2020) outside of the Royal Mail depot on Station Road, opposite The Crescent shopping and leisure complex.
Below are the locations of the proposed-to-be-removed phones:
- Corner of Harrowbrook Road and Coventry Road (Hinckley)
- Corner of Strathmore Road and Coventry Road (Hinckley)
- Corner of Henry Street and Wykin Road (Hinckley)
- Opposite shops and Tin Hat pub, Trent Road (Hinckley)
- Opposite shops, Tudor Road, (Hinckley)
- Corner of Boyslade Road and Tilton Road (Burbage)
- Kiosk near number six, Manor Road (Desford)
- Burton Road (Twycross)
- Corner of Church Road and Bagworth Road (Barlestone)
To ensure that those living in these areas are aware of the proposed plans to remove these, consultation notices have been placed on to the phone boxes.
On social media, one resident pitched the idea of saving the boxes and transforming their use into another facility which would better suit the community.
Another Hinckley resident, Charlie Rees, suggested transforming turning the payphones into defibrillators.
Rees said: “Instead of removing them, turn them into defibrillator stations.”
The majority of commenters on the Council’s post echoed Rees’ thoughts and agreed that they should become defibrillator stations.
The Borough Council are after residents’ opinions on whether they should remain, but they only have 18 days (21 June) left to submit their thoughts.
Residents can email their comments and reasoning of the proposed to the Borough Council at firstname.lastname@example.org, where they will pass the responses to BT.