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End of the line for more phone kiosks

Created on 06/10/2020 @ 07:25
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More telephone kiosks are to be switched off in and around Newtown, including Bettws Cedewain and Adfa, as it emerges some are never used.

With most already closed and removed from Newtown and surrounding communities, BT has now served notice on the phone box on Llanidloes Road.

It began a consultation on the phone box in July and has offered organisations such as Newtown Town Council the chance to adopt it for other uses.

So far nobody has objected to the phone box's removal. The consultation is carried out through Powys County Council.

Kiosks in Adfa and Bettws are also set to be removed.

The phone box along Llanidloes Road is used on average four times a month, according to BT figures, while the one in Bettws is used twice and another in Adfa hasn't been used.

BT says the increase in mobile phone coverage is a factor in the removal of the telephones.

It will maintain phones where mobile phone coverage does not exist.

BT does offer an Adopt a Kiosk scheme where local communities can take over phone box without the phone and use it for community use.

Some have been used for defibrillators and tourist information points.

“Powys County Council has been notified by BT Payphones of their intention to remove some payphones within the county,” said a spokesperson.

“To ensure that the local community are fully informed BT has placed consultation notices on all the relevant payphones.”

The removal process is regulated by Ofcom and Powys County Council is the nominated Local Public Organisation that will receive responses from local communities for the consultation exercise. Following the consultation, the Council will forward recommendations to BT and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport.

Powys County Council welcomes views for consideration as part of the process. If you wish to submit a response, reference the relevant payphone number and location from this list - Kiosks – and email  

Responses may agree to the removal, object giving reasons, or indicate that the community wishes to adopt a kiosk for an alternative use.

​The closing date for comments is October 30.

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