|Adopted for £1 - The Surrey Effect|
A Publican in Surrey has managed to save his community's historic phone box from being lost forever and the PBROTRIB wondered what protection is being given to the few traditional phone boxes left in our neighbourhoods? We are also aware of a rare Queen Victoria Royal Mail Piller Box in Peterborough needing some urgent repainting. But first this is what happened in Surrey:
Nick Rogers didn't notice anything awry at first, when a van pulled up outside the Surrey Oaks pub in Parkgate Road, Newdigate, on Monday morning.
It was only when he looked closer and noticed that the van had a crane and an old phone box sitting in the back that he realised the vehicle had come to remove the traditional red box that has sat outside his 16th century pub for decades. Nick told the Advertiser: "I went outside and walked over to the guys and said, 'Surely you're not going to take it away?' They said it was on their list to be removed.
"The phone box is one of the older ones with the crown on it, which has been a part of our countryside and part of the pub's, and the area's, appearance for a lot of years.
"They gave me a number I could ring and I spoke to BT and they said it had to be removed. They said there was a notice inside the box saying they were going to remove it and no-one had objected."
Seemingly unable to stop the removal, Mr Rogers quickly phoned Newdigate Parish Council and alerted them to what was happening.
They immediately contacted BT while Mr Rogers, unable to think of another way to prevent the removal of the beleaguered box, moved his car into the road to block the van.
He said: "They moved the lorry and I thought if I can't get BT to agree then they can't move it if I'm in the way. So I put my car in the way."
Finally the parish council, with Mr Rogers's car still blocking the van, managed to get through to BT and started proceedings to "adopt" the box for the community by buying it for £1.
Mr Rogers said: "I'm pleased to have saved it for the local people, they're part of our social history and part of the scene of our lovely 16th century pub, along with the old postbox.
"If we hadn't have done what we did we'd have lost it forever."
He added: "I've agreed to maintain it in the future. I think we'd like to use it for something in the future, maybe as an exhibit or something for the residents of the village. Or we might put our menus in there."
A BT spokesman said: "We are always happy to support and encourage use of the 'Adopt a Kiosk' programme. We've asked the local residents and parish council to sign the relevant forms and send them back to us for us to deal with their request."
More than 2,000 kiosks have so far been adopted under the scheme across the country, with some turned into galleries, public libraries and information centres.
Some have even been turned into coffee kiosks.
Read more: http://www.dorkingandleatherheadadvertiser.co.uk/Newdigate-phone-box-bought-pound-1-saved-quick/story-21749919-detail/story.html#ixzz38ezacYzU
Now this could never happen in Peterborough?
Or could it? Let the PBROTRIB know!
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