Seeing red over phone boxes

A LOCAL councillors is campaining to save Leigh’s red telephone boxes.

There are just 27 red phone boxes left in the borough, with five of them protected by a Government listing, two of which are at the junction of Elliot Street and The Square, Tyldesley

Coun James Grundy has accused BT of deliberately allowing them to fall into disrepair so that they can then be removed with barely a whimper of opposition. A charge they refute.

The Lowton councillor has now proposed a motion urging the council to take action.

Coun Grundy said: “In Lowton we are lucky to still have three or four of the red phone boxes which are obviously very iconic.

“I have been in touch with BT in the past about the condition of them when we contacted them via the Township Forum and in particular about the condition of the phone box at the top of Kings Avenue.

“Obviously red phone boxes are a big part of the traditional look of so many of our towns but when they are a poor condition they look terrible.

A spokesman for BT said: “We do not allow them to deliberately fall into disrepair and we will always respond to a complaint about any vandalism to kiosks.

“We replaced 20,000 handsets and 20,000 panes of glass last year alone, and we spent £5.4 million on theft and vandalism.”

Leigh’s remaining K6 boxes are: Bradwell Road/Church Lane, Lowton; Thirlmere Road/Lowton Road, Golborne; Crow Wood Road/Slag Lane, Lowton; Turton Street, Golborne; Elliot Street, Tyldesley; Hough Lane, Tyldesley; Town Hall, Bolton Road, Atherton; Manchester Road / Clifton Ave, Astley; Pennington Roadd/Hope Carr Road, Leigh; Newton Road/Kings Ave, Lowton; Edge Green Lane/Prescott Ave, Golborne; Kings Road/Bridge Street, Golborne;

Twist Lane/Firs Lane, Leigh; Newton Road, Stonecross Lane, Lowton; Devon Street/Manchester Road, Leigh; Central Station, Atherton; High Street/Railway Street, Golborne; Manchester Road, Tyldesley.