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Unwanted phone box on sale for 1

The unwanted phone box
BT said the vandalised phone box had not been used for more than a year.

A red telephone box in Somerset has gone on sale for just 1 after a parish council rejected an offer to buy it.

Huish Champflower Council said it did not want to pay for the maintenance and repair of the vandalised kiosk.

BT said the box, on the Wiveliscombe Road, had not been used for more than a year and warned it could be removed if a purchaser was not found soon.

The company said it was in talks with West Somerset Council about the future of 24 red phone boxes in the district.

Former parish council chairman John Moore said: "I understand the offer of 1 is purely for the phone box. The apparatus inside comes at a much higher price. I understand BT were looking to charge the council over 500.

"There are all sorts of other things being discussed with regards to maintenance of the apparatus, who would be responsible for the equipment and ensuring the public safety."

BT said no decisions about who will pay for the upkeep of the kiosks had yet been made.

"We are consulting with the local authority about 24 kiosks, including the payphone at Huish Champflower," a statement said.

"More than a third of these payphones make less than one call a month and one hasn't made a single call in the past year."




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