List of payphones in York which may be removed
BT has applied to remove 9 payphone kiosk from streets in York.
The Copmanthorpe, Strensal, Dringhouses and Westfield areas are affected
None of the iconic “red” K6 kiosks are on the list although there has been criticism recently about the state of repair of some of them. Several of these are “Listed” buildings.
Some of the kiosk listed have been a magnet for drug users, vandalism and anti social behaviour. Their removal is likely to be supported by neighbouring residents.
The use of public payphones has dropped to near zero over the years as mobile phone ownership has increased
Two payphone kiosks, criticised for their appearance by local residents, will not be removed say BT.
The kiosks, one on Beagle Ridge Drive/Foxwood Lane the other on Kingsway West, have been damaged are often covered in graffiti, weeds and fly posters.
BT says that despite the growth in mobile phone use, the payphones are still occasionally used.
They acknowledge though that the payphone on Foxwood Lane isn’t working. It will be repaired.
BT promise that the payphones will also be thoroughly cleaned inside and out.