Causewayend phone box to go unless community save it

Under threat, a popular landmark on the Newton to Wigtown roadside.'GG 2803081 12
Under threat, a popular landmark on the Newton to Wigtown roadside.'GG 2803081 12

A PROMINENT red phone box on the busiest road in the Machars is facing removal unless it is adopted by the community.

The BT phone box at Causewayend, on the Wigtown Road a few miles out of Newton Stewart, has been out of use for over a year and now BT have placed it on their ‘removal’ schedule.

The community were previously given the chance to adopt the kiosk as part of BT’s national scheme allowing community councils or groups to take over the boxes to preserve their heritage, but the offer wasn’t taken up.

Now Cree Valley Community Council chairman John McNaught is set to raise the issue again with the council before BT remove it for good.

Some similar boxes up and down the country have been transformed into art galleries, tourist information centres and even, in one instance, an emergency point where defribillators are housed.

BT say as the box is on the removal list, swift action would have to be taken to save it.

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