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Do you want to save St Hilary’s listed red telephone box? (17 August 2017)

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Our red telephone box is at risk. Since 2009 the telephone has been out of use and BT has not been maintaining the box. It is in a state of slow decline and could be removed – reports from around the UK suggest that up to 1 in 3 telephone boxes are at risk of removal. The Village Forum has been developing plans to adopt the box for £1 and to use the box for the village community – ideas include a defibrillator station and a magazine exchange (these are common uses across the UK) and several other uses. 

If this plan is to progress, then the actual adoptor of the box would most likely be the “Llanfair Community Council”, being a constituted body. The council has called a public meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, 17 August in St Hilary Village Hall. The council has set this date so that the members can discuss the matter at its September meeting.

If you can attend and make your views known, about whether or not the box should be adopted on behalf of the village, that’s great.  And if so, any ideas for what it could be used for.But if you can’t make it, please let us know what you views are by either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or calling me on 07967 976 076 as soon as possible.

Click on the read more link for details about the adoption scheme and the process to date.

Caroline Neudegg, Village Forum Lead   

 

1.    It was proposed, 16 months ago, at the inaugural Village Forum meeting on 25 April 2016, to adopt the St. Hilary red telephone box, for the benefit of the village. BT have an agreement for the sale of telephone boxes to local communities for £1.

2.    Over 4,000 such sales have taken place across the UK, to safeguard the future of telephone boxes that BT no longer maintain. 

3.    Our St. Hilary BT telephone is not maintained and has not been since 2009. It is not possible to make any calls from the telephone, not even emergency calls.

4.    The condition of the listed ‘K6’, kiosk design by Giles Gilbert Scott, is deteriorating and beginning to look very neglected.

5.    In July 2016 several villagers were consulted in person, and an online survey conducted, about adoption of the kiosk. We received 100% positive feedback and innovative suggestions for utilising the listed building, such as a magazine swap  shop, displaying village history and housing a defibrillator, to name a few ideas

6.    Following informal contact with the “Community Council” by the Forum Lead the Council discussed the adoption at their May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, October 2016, December 2016, January 2017, May 2017, and June 2017 meetings (the July 2017 minutes are not available yet, but it is understood that the matter was also discussed at that meeting).

7.    In July 2017, Forum representatives spoke to the Vale of Glamorgan’s Conservation Department , who indicated that they would be supportive of the ownership of the kiosk, by the Community Council, as they are aware that they are at risk of removal and disrepair

8.    Now we have the Llanfair Community Council public meeting on Thursday 17th August to hopefully move the Forum’s proposal forward.

 The Forum wishes to:

•         Adopt the box for £1

•         Restore and paint the kiosk (less than £100 and lasts for 10 years)

•         Use the box as a community resource,

The worst case scenario if the box is not adopted is that it will be removed.

If there is no action, the box will continue to degenerate and become an eyesore.

If adopted, as a minimum, it will get a new coat of paint and possibly a new lease of life.