Any Hucknall folk want to adopt an iconic red phone box for just £1?

A call has gone out for communities like Hucknall to 'adopt' the last 200 remaining red phone boxes in the region – including one in Ashfield – for just £1.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 2:19 pm

BT has revealed that more than 200 of its iconic red phone boxes across East Midlands are up for grabs as it urges communities to take advantage of a scheme to help transform them for the 21st century.

Since 2008, a total of 784 phone boxes across the region have been taken on by communities for just £1 through BT’s Adopt a Kiosk programme.

Redundant phone boxes, once a lifeline of communication before the arrival of mobile phone networks, have been transformed into everything from defibrillator units and mini history museums to art galleries and book exchanges.

You could adopt an iconic red phone box for just £1

Ten years ago, the people of one Cambridge village turned their phone box into a pub – the Dog and Bone.

BT will also consider adoption requests to house defibrillators in modern glass phone boxes, a potentially life-saving conversion.

Sarah Walker, BT Enterprise unit director for the midlands, said: “With most people now using mobile phones, it’s led to a huge drop in the number of calls made from payphones. At the same time, mobile coverage has improved significantly in recent years due to investment in masts, particularly in rural areas.

“We’re currently rationalising our payphone estate to make it fit for the future, and the ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme makes it possible for local communities in the East Midlands to retain their local phone box, with a refreshed purpose for the community.

Thousands of communities have already come up with a fantastic array of ideas to re-use their beloved local phone box.

"Applying is quick and easy and we’re always happy to speak to communities about adopting our phone boxes.”

Communities can adopt a kiosk if they are a recognised public body, such as a parish council, community council or town council.

Boxes can also be adopted by registered charities or by individuals who have a payphone on their own land.

For further details on how to apply to adopt a kiosk, simply click here where application forms and information can be found.