Phone boxes saved by communities

NEARLY 30 phone boxes in Suffolk may have been saved today after communities rejected proposals to take them out of service.

NEARLY 30 phone boxes in Suffolk may have been saved today after communities rejected proposals to take them out of service.

In April BT identified 43 phone boxes in Babergh which it said should be removed because of their low usage.

Babergh District Council contacted parish councils in the affected areas and asked if people were unhappy to see them go.

Now the district council's strategy committee has called for 28 of the phone boxes to be saved.

Neil Henry, Babergh's economic and community development manager, said: “A very small number of councils were in agreement with BT, but the vast majority from Stratford St. Mary in the south to Thorpe Morieux in the north and from Chelmondiston in the east to Sudbury in the west felt that their phone boxes were essential services that just could not be lost.

“We will now be confirming the details of the 28 saved phone boxes with BT in the very near future.”

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Do you want to save a phone box near your home? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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