British Telecom has written to Mid Devon District Council advising that they propose to remove 38 public phone boxes across Mid Devon. This is on the basis of low usage, the extent of mobile network coverage for normal and emergency use and the fact that “most people do not view payphones as essential for most customers in most circumstances”.

Comments from the community are sought by 25 October 2016 as part of a consultation exercise. The Council is coordinating consultation responses and will respond to BT on a case-by-case basis as to whether the proposed loss of each phone box is agreed, objected to or whether the community wish to adopt the box themselves. Responses should be emailed to: and marked ‘Phone box removal’ and with information with identifies the phone box in question, or you can write to Mrs A Fish, Planning Service, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6PP.

The phone boxes proposed for removal by BT are as follows:

  1. School Close, Shobrooke
  2. Opposite Church Lane, East Street, Crediton
  3. Sandford Bridge, Mill Lane, Sandford
  4. Moorland View, Lapford
  5. Frogberry Cross, Coldridge
  6. Eastleigh, Crediton
  7. Copplestone
  8. Morchard Road, Crediton
  9. Bus shelter, New Buildings, Sandford
  10. Opposite Colebrooke Post Office, Colebrooke
  11. The Green, Down St Mary
  12. Half Moon Hotel, Cheriton Fitzpaine
  13. Stockleigh Pomeroy
  14. Cruwys Arms, Pennymoor
  15. Westfield, Bradninch
  16. Cove
  17. Oakford
  18. Hill Crest, Stoodleigh
  19. Post Office, Huntsham
  20. The Mullberry Junction, Church Lane, Cheriton Bishop
  21. Chawleigh
  22. Westleigh
  23. Station Road, Burlescombe
  24. Pound Hill, Holcombe Rogus
  25. Seven Crosses Road, Higher Cotteylands, Tiverton
  26. Mayfair, Tiverton
  27. Junction Anstey Crescent, Longdrag Hill, Tiverton
  28. Memorial Hall, Washfield
  29. Palmerston Park, Tiverton
  30. St Georges Well, Cullompton
  31. Adjacent no 16 Honiton Road, Honiton Road, Cullompton
  32. Boobery, Sampford Peverell
  33. Car Park, Lower Town, Sampford Peverell
  34. A373, Halberton
  35. Church car park, Butterleigh
  36. Puddington Cross
  37. Nomansland
  38. Black Dog