telephone boxes

Littleton Red Telephone Box – gone for good?

BT states that the overall use of payphones has reduced by more than 90% in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for emergency situations is falling, with at least 98% of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage.

BT advises that as long as there is network coverage, it is possible to call emergency services even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider.

On 27 September 2016, BT posted a notice on the Littleton payphone proposed for removal, advising of their proposals. Under Ofcom regulations, WCC now has responsibility for carrying out a consultation with the local community on BTs proposals.

We are therefore seeking your comments on the proposed removal of any of the public payphones.

We would emphasise that you should be aware that BT requires justification for any objection made to the removal of a payphone. For example, there may be no mobile coverage in a particular area; the payphone may be well used by residents or the passing public; or it may be located close to an accident blackspot. Unfortunately the last recorded use of this payphone by BT was in 2012.

Any comments should be made to:

Littleton Church

Heritage Index

RSAThe Royal Society of Arts is collaborating with the Heritage Lottery Fund to better understand the links between heritage and identity at the local scale. The RSA has analysed over 100 datasets to produce a Heritage Index to help people understand local heritage assets and activities, and access relevant data through a single site. Data ranges from the length of canals and size of protected wildlife sites, through to the number of historic local businesses and the proportion of residents visiting museums and archives.
The Index is designed to stimulate debate about what is valued from the past, and how that influences the identity of its current residents. This can help a place achieve its aspirations to grow and prosper, socially and economically.
Rachel Bebb is a ‘Heritage Ambassador’ for Hampshire, one of a number of Fellows of the RSA who have an interest in heritage and the local community. If you would like to contribute to the conversation please find out more by visiting this link to the RSA’s website and contact Rachel with your contributions directly.

RSA website
Rachel Bebb
01794 301144
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