Don’t hang up just yet!

Sharon of MAEDT, at the phone box.
Sharon of MAEDT, at the phone box.

Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council has vowed to back opposition to plans to remove a popular old red telephone box from the area.

The matter was raised at the group’s meeting last week by Sharon Hill of Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust, as BT plans to demolish 31 of the 58 phone boxes in Midlothian.

She said: “I would push to object to the removal of the one at Waverley Street, which had 414 calls made from it in the past 12 months.

“It would be areal shame to lose it.

‘‘It’s an old style red box and it has been in the community for years. It is very well used. I see people making calls quite a lot.

“Potentially we could adopt the one in Mayfield Road. It could be used for art, given to a local primary school each year or as a community information point.”

Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council agreed to oppose the removal of the Waverley Street phone box and look into adopting the phone box in Easthouses.

A BT spokesman said: “We are committed to providing a public payphone service, but with usage declining by over 90 per cent in the last decade, we’ve continued to review and remove payphones which are no longer needed.

“In all instances where there’s no other payphone within 400 metres, we’ll ask for consent from the local authority to remove the payphone. As an alternative to removal, we will continue to actively promote our Adopt a Kiosk scheme to all councils whilst being committed to maintaining the payphones that remain.”