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Staplehurst Parish Council

Red Telephone Box at Church Green -UPDATE

By Staplehurst Parish Council Staplehurst Parish Council

Monday, 16 September 2019

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UPDATE 2: Further to BT’s notice of 25th June 2019, if you have any comments about BT’s plans to remove the telephone kiosk at Church Green, please send them to: Maidstone Borough Council, Planning Department, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ for the attention of Mr James Bailey.  The deadline for comments is 26th September 2019.

UPDATE 1: BT has posted a notice in the telephone box, which invites interested parties to send comments to the 'Local Authority'.  By 'Local Authority' BT means Maidstone Borough Council Planning Department to which it has written.  The Parish Office is seeking information from MBC about how it is managing this situation.  Contrary to what is stated in the displayed notice, BT has advised the Parish Office that it is consulting for a period of 90 days from the date of its letter to MBC (28th June 2019).  Further information will be posted here as soon as possible.

ORIGINAL POST 20/06/19: For a long time the Parish Council has been pressing BT to repair and repaint the red public telephone box at Church Green.  After much prevarication, BT has stated that it will not undertake the requested work and that it intends to commence consultation on decommissioning the facility.

The start of the consultation will be evidenced by BT displaying a notice in the telephone box and sending notification to Maidstone Borough Council.  At the time of writing, there is no evidence of this process having commenced.  If you wish to send BT a comment about the telephone box now, its customer service team can be contacted by e-mailing [email protected]

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