West Devon Borough Council has been informed by BT that an additional 1 public payphone in Meavy has been identified for proposed removal in the West Devon district on the basis of low usage.

West Devon Borough Council has therefore been asked to consult with you regarding the possible removal of a BT phone box in this parish.

BT advise that there is a 90 day consultation period ending on 29 January 2020. The process outlined by Ofcom involves:

  1. Initial notice placed by BT in affected phone boxes between 17 October 2019 giving local residents 42 days to respond to the 'Local Authority Planning Department' with any comments
  2. West Devon Borough Council then conduct a first consultation period (until 15 December 2019) to make a decision on comments received and advise of the decision for each affected phone box.
  3. West Devon Borough Council publishes its 'First Notification' i.e. a draft decision (to Secretary of State) stating whether West Devon Borough Council agrees with BT's decision to remove a phone box.
  4. A one month period is allowed to receive comments on the decisions regarding the affected phone boxes.
  5. West Devon Borough Council publishes its second notice (the 'Final Notification') which sets out the final decision and reasons behind it prior to submission to BT on 29 January 2020.

The final notice including reasons for objecting to removal must be received by the Secretary of State Culture, Media & Sport and BT prior to the consultation deadline otherwise BT will assume there is no objection to its removal.

BT has advised a notice was placed on the phone box in Meavy by BT on 17 October 2019 giving 42 days to respond and advising any comments be sent to the Local Authority Planning Department. If you have not already made your comments known, you have until 15 December 2019 to submit your comments to West Devon Borough Council - dm@swdevon.gov.uk

NEXT STEPS

Please contact dm@swdevon.gov.uk by 15 December 2019 clearly stating whether you would like to either:

  1. Adopt the phone box for £1 see https://business.bt.com/solutions/small-business/communities/adopt-a-kiosk/ OR
  2. Reject BTs proposal for removal stating why - see pages 8 and 9 of the attached OFCOM guidance for relevant factors, OR
  3. Confirm you are happy for the phone box to be removed.

West Devon Borough Council will then collate the responses and coordinate a draft notification to the Secretary of State and BT.

Telephone NumberAddressPostcodeParishWardCouncillorNumber of calls in the last 12 monthsResponse (Please choose)Further Comments
01822 852232

PCO PCO1

Meavy

Yelverton

PL20 6PJMeavyBurratorCllr D Moyse124
  1. Adopt
  2. Reject
  3. Okay to remove
 

 

For information about earlier consultations, please .