Residents band together to save box

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

THE red phone box at Causewayend between Newton Stewart and Wigtown could be saved after a local residents’ group came together and decided the defunct booth is part of the landscape and should be preserved.

No phone call has been made from the booth for years and BT had earmarked it for removal. But nearby homeowners approached Cree Valley Community Council for help in taking over the ownership responsibilities to keep it as part of the company’s ‘adopt-a-kiosk’ scheme, which requires a council or organisation to offer their support.

The Galloway Gazette last week highlighted that the phone box was for the chop and on Monday night at the monthly meeting of Cree Valley Community Council, councillors agreed to contact BT and express their interest in saving it on behalf of the group.

Bob Boan told the council that the residents’ group had raised money to have the booth’s broken door fixed and a glass pane fixed.

Dr Leigh Moffat, heading up the group, said some investigations would have to be undertaken before the group could proceed with their plans.

He added: “We need to know what the expenses will be in the adoption of the box, the repairs needed at present as it’s in a poor state and the ongoing costs before we can make a decision about going ahead.

“We are also a little uncertain about usage. We don’t want to increase stopping or parking at the Causewayend junction as it is awkward at the best of times.”

But he offered assurances that the group are very keen to preserve the box and will endeavour to come up with a suitable use.

Members of the public contacted the Gazette to offer their assistance with saving the box, including one woman who was keen to take it home and a couple who spied an innovative use for one on a recent holiday. See letters, page 14.