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Plans to remove phone box from outside Hyndburn library, but BT say it could be yours - for just £1

People are being asked their views about the removal of a payphone next to a public library.

Residents in Oswaldtwistle are being told they have 90 days to respond to proposals to remove the BT payphone next to the town's library on Union Road.

BT, who own the phone box, want to remove the payphone as they say demand for it has fallen.

The telecommunications firm are currently carrying out a 90 day consultation, which ends on June 17 but responses to Hyndburn Borough Council are requested by May 1.

In a letter to Hyndburn Council a BT spokesperson said: "We’re continually reviewing the demand for our payphones and we’ve identified a public payphone in your area that isn’t being used enough.

"We’re proposing to remove it under the 90 day consultation process.

“This is a great opportunity for local communities to adopt their red phone box and make it an asset for everyone to enjoy.

"People across the country are using them for everything from defibrillators to foodbanks.

"It’s really simple to do and costs just £1."

For more information on how to adopt the Union Road payphone visit

To have your say, send your responses via email to [email protected] and state that it refers to the public payphone 'Adj To Public Library Pco1 Union Road Oswaldtwistle Accrington BB5 3HS'.

Residents are being advised that if they are to object to the removal of the payphone they must state why they want it to be kept.

Likewise, if they want the kiosk to be adopted for some other use, then respondents must make it clear what use they propose and provide contact details so that BT can contact them to arrange the adoption.

More details are available on Hyndburn Council’s website:, scroll down the A-Z page to Planning, click on View Applications and then enter Telephone Kiosk in the address box.

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