Potters Bar payphones potentially set for scrap

PUBLISHED: 16:25 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:41 15 November 2016

Is it time to scrap phone boxes?

Is it time to scrap phone boxes?


Potters Bar payphones face an uncertain future as the council is holding a consultation on potentially scrapping them.

British Telecommunications (BT) has announced plans to get rid of 25 payphones across Hertsmere, including seven in Potters Bar and one in South Mimms.

Phones in Church Road, Southgate Road, Dugdale Hill Lane, Laurel Avenue, Carpenter Way and Chace Avenue are under consideration, along with one in Blackhorse Lane, South Mimms.

Under Ofcom regulations, local authorities are responsible for conducting a public consultation, so councillors are seeking residents’ opinions.

Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for localism and planning, said: “Though mobile phone usage is fairly ubiquitous and network coverage is improving, some communities may feel it is important to retain a public payphone in their local area.

“While it is not our decision whether the phones are removed, we’re keen to give local residents a chance to have their say on this issue. If you have a view on BT’s plans to remove any of the kiosks earmarked, please do get in touch.”

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