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Public phone boxes facing the axe

Phone box
Some phones will be removed without consultation because others are nearby

Almost one third of the 173 public phone boxes in Calderdale could be removed under plans announced by BT.

Nineteen of the kiosks are to be removed without consultation because there are others within 400m (440yds).

And Calderdale Council has been asked to canvass public opinion on the removal of 33 others in the district.

The council said that although phone box use had declined, not everyone had a mobile phone so it was important to hear people's views on the plans.

BT said it wanted to remove phones, including boxes in Halifax, Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, because they were not commercially viable.

Councillor Barry Collins, chairman of the council's scrutiny panel, said: "We accept that the use of call boxes has declined in recent years and that it may be appropriate for some of them to be removed.

"However, not everyone has a phone in their home or a mobile phone, and we have a duty to look after the interests of all members of the community.

"We therefore believe that it is important for the people of Calderdale to have their say on this issue."

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