Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson encourages communities to 'adopt' phoneboxes



Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has encourage communities to adopt telephone boxes at the risk of being closed by BT.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after BT announced plans to close 37 across Dumfries and Galloway, with many in Mr Carson’s constituency.

While some of those earmarked for closure have not had a phone call made at them in the last 12 months, many others have still enjoyed significant levels of calls.

Among those included for potential closure include the High Street in Dalbeattie which had 117 calls, Terregles Road in Dumfries which enjoyed 75, Fairhurst Road in Stranraer which had 37 calls and 24 at a box in New Luce.

Mr Carson says if the demand is still there, then the community should make their feelings known and also consider the scheme where phoneboxes can be adopted for £1, allowing them to stay in the community.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “While times and technology have obviously moved on to a great extent, phone boxes can still play a very important role in many rural communities.

“There are still many issues surrounding mobile connectivity in many of the communities I represent, and some of those earmarked for closure are still seeing significant call rates.

“Contrary to what many people may think, that shows a demand is still there.

“That is why I would encourage communities to consider adopting a phone box for just £1 if they wish to still have them in their area.

“Many of these phone boxes are still at the heart of communities and it would be a positive step if that remained the case.”