Removal of public payphones

British Telecom (BT) contacted the Council on 25 June 2020 to advise us they intend to remove a number of public payphones across the district, as their use has declined by over 90% in the last decade and there is 98% 3G or 4G coverage in the UK, to support emergency calls from mobile telephones.

BT posted consultation notices in the affected phone boxes advising anyone to send their comments to the Local Planning Authority within 42 days. 

Email from BT and the list of affected phone boxes

Following the first consultation period, the Council's initial response to BT is set out in the First Notification

Before the Council makes its final decision, a further consultation period until 11 September has taken place.

Comments have been received and the Council has decided to object to the removal of 4 of those phone boxes and to adopt one.

The final notice has been sent to BT and the Secretary of State setting out our final decision and the reasons for this decision. 

Contact us

Spatial Policy Group

Planning and Transportation
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700

01924 306417 / 306495 / 0345 8 506 506