The Council has been asked to consult with the public regarding the possible removal of these phone boxes. Details of the affected boxes, along with their usage can be found in the table below.
Decision by South Hams District Council in response to proposal by British Telecommunications plc for the removal of public call boxes pursuant to Part 2 of the Schedule to a Direction published by Ofcom on 14 March 2006 ('the Direction').
|Telephone Number||Address||Postcode||Draft Decision Agree/Adopt/Object||Reasons||Comments/Reasons|
|01548511314||PCO PCO1 Hallsands, Kingsbridge||TQ7 2EY||AGREE - REMOVE||No comments received|
|01548531310||PCO PCO1 Frogmore, Kingsbridge||TQ7 2NT||AGREE - REMOVE||No comments received|
|01548580365||O/S Toilets Beesands, PCO1 Beeson, Kingsbridge||TQ7 2HW||AGREE - REMOVE||No comments received|
|01548810495||OPP.Challabrough Cottage PCO1 Ringmore, Kingsbridge||TQ7 4HW||AGREE - REMOVE||No comments received|
|01548842136||PCO PCO1 Cliff Road, Salcombe||TQ8 8LD||OBJECT - KEEP||NO MOBILE SIGNAL; RELATIVELY HIGH USAGE PROVES NEED||This should be retained as there is no mobile signal and the relatively high usage proves its need.|
|01548842138||PCO PCO1 Bolt Head, Salcombe||TQ8 8LL||AGREE - REMOVE|
|01752791603||PCO PCO1 Woolwell Road, Plymouth||PL6 7JW||OBJECT - KEEP||Community need; high residential density|
|01752862243||PCO PCO1 Heybrook Drive, Heybrook Bay, Plymouth||PL9 0BW||AGREE - REMOVE||No comments received|
|01752862451||O/S Cafe PCO1 Bovisand Lane, Down Thomas, Plymouth||PL9 0AE||AGREE - REMOVE||No comments received|
|01752872248||Wayleave PP1084 PCO1 Newton Hill, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth||PL8 1AA||ADOPT||It is understood that the landowner has agreed to adopt the telephone box for £1 in respect of which he has completed and returned the necessary agreement. In the event that the agreement is not completed, Newton & Noss Parish Council is prepared to consider adopting the phone box for £1.|
|01803752703||Higher Ferry Crossing PCO1 Bridge Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth||TQ6 0DZ||AGREE - REMOVE||At their meeting 11 Dec 2019, Kingswear Parish Council approved the removal of the Higher Ferry Crossing Payphone Kiosk.|
|01803832301||PCO Coronation Park, North Embankment, Dartmouth||TQ6 9NL||OBJECT - KEEP||Social and tourism need. High volume of residences.|
As of January 2020, this phone box had been out of order/disconnected for an unknown period of time and so the reported usage is likely to be an inaccurate measure of recent demand. We therefore request the phone box be returned to a working condition to allow usage to be accurately measured.
We also note that, as part of the same consultation, Kingswear Parish Council have confirmed their agreement for the phone box at Higher Ferry Crossing (Bridge Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth TQ6 0DZ) to be removed. These two phone boxes face each other on opposite banks of the River Dart, therefore, with the removal of the Kingswear box, our phone box on the North Embankment will be the nearest for anyone arriving in Dartmouth by the Higher Ferry.
It is for these reasons that Dartmouth Town Council object to the removal of this phone box and politely request it be retained for the benefit of our community and the many visitors to our town.
|01803832388||PCO PCO1 Ivatt Road, Dartmouth||TQ6 9LD||OBJECT - KEEP||High social housing in area; community need; high residential density.|
When considering a request for the provision of a new Public Call Box (PCB) to meet the reasonable needs of a local community, OFCOM state that BT consider and allocate a score to a proposal based on three factors, which are therefore also relevant in any decision-making to remove a PCB. Applying this scoring system to the location of our existing PCB shows that, if we did not already have a phone box at Ivatt Road, our score would justify the provision of a new phone box.
a) the size of the immediate community is 297 = SCORE 3. Note: this sits within the Dartmouth Townstal ward, which has a considerably larger population of 2597, all of whom rely on this as their only PCB.
b) Housing type is predominantly rented, the vast majority of which is social housing = SCORE 4-6, assume 4. Note: this conforms to the consultation requirements in that it is near predominantly social housing at the top of town, in an area of low average incomes. Census data confirms that employment is largely in tourism, retail, building trades and care work - there is disproportionately high employment in just three occupational categories of skilled trades, elementary trades, sales and customer service. Work is often seasonal and insecure and, as such, it is more likely that some residents may have no mobile phone or land line.
c) Access to existing PCB - there is no alternative provision within 1 mile = SCORE 4. Note: Should this PCB be removed, the next nearest phone box is 29mins walk away. The Ivatt Road phone box is the only phone box located in the Townstal ward of Dartmouth, at the top of a steep hill. The topography of Dartmouth is such that all other PCBs are at the bottom of the hill in the lower town, and many residents would be physically unable to undertake an hour's walk up and down a hill of this gradient to access an alternative call box.
OFCOM states that 'where the total score is 10 or more [BT] shall grant the request for a new Public Call Box and related Call Box Services'. I believe our total score of 11 clearly demonstrates the requirement to retain our existing service. Furthermore, the phone box is strategically placed at a junction to the main road into Dartmouth from the A38 and neighbouring towns of Totnes and Kingsbridge and so is the first phone box visible to anyone entering Dartmouth via this route.
|01803862250||Opp. No 1 Spedding Cott PCO1 Cott Road, Dartington, Totnes||TQ9 6HY||ADOPT||Dartington Parish Council would like to adopt the phone box.|
|01803866469||PCO PCO1 Whiteley Avenue, Totnes||TQ9 5FQ||OBJECT - KEEP||High social housing in the are; community need; high residential density.|
To read the full decision schedule and the covering letter, please use the links below:
To see the initial Draft Response, please use the link below:
BT advise that there is a 3 part consultation period, which ended on 23 October 2019.
BT advise that there is a 90 day consultation period ending on 23 February 2020. The process outlined by OFCOM involves:
BT has advised a notice was placed on each phone box between on 17 October 2019 and12 November 2019, giving 42 days to respond and advising any comments be sent to the Local Authority Planning Department.
Comments closed on 19 January 2020.