Call box campaign a success

The decommissioned phone box at the junction of Bradwell Road and Church Lane, which has now been removed after falling into a dilapidated state
The decommissioned phone box at the junction of Bradwell Road and Church Lane, which has now been removed after falling into a dilapidated state

AN ‘eyesore’ phone box in Lowton has been removed thanks to a campaign by residents.

The iconic red call box which stood at the junction of Bradwell Road and Church Lane in Lowton had fallen into a state of disrepair and become a haunt for vandals and graffiti sprayers.

The box, which had already been decommissioned and had the equipment removed, was finally taken away by BT last weekend following calls from residents for its removal.

Irene Thomson, secretary of the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF), said: “It had become a mess so I’m glad it’s gone, especially as it is on the North West in Bloom judging route.

“It had become smashed and dirty and was covered in graffiti. Quite a few residents at our meetings had said they were trying to speak to someone about getting it removed, and I was able to arrange it as I’d already spoken to them about another phone box.”

BT admits mobile phone usage over the last few years means most of its phone boxes are now losing money.