Over half of ‘at risk’ phone boxes in north Norfolk have been saved thanks to a Labour campaign which helped put mobile phone ‘not spots’ back on the news agenda.
In the Autumn the North Norfolk Labour Party had been calling on residents to support keeping their phone box – either as a functional phone box or one that could be adopted to keep a piece of British heritage in the community.
Now it has been revealed north Norfolk lodged highest number of objections to the removal of phone boxes in the county – with at least 50% of the ‘at risk’ 73 kiosks being kept in communities.
North Norfolk Labour Party had recommended residents and local councils wrote to BT objecting to the removal of the phone boxes where there were mobile phone signal ‘black spots’. Now the party has argued the large numbers voting to keep their kiosk shows how vital it is that phone signal is improved in the area.
Huge areas of north Norfolk are without 3G or 4G signals and residents in many local villages often struggle to use a mobile phone on many of the major phone networks.
Stephen Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“This is a victory for Labour’s campaign, and it is again conclusive proof that we’re still being let down when it comes to technology like fast broadband and mobile phone signal. We hope this will send a clear message to BT that they, along with other phone operators, have a long way to go before we’re satisfied.
We’ll be continuing to pressure local councils to work with operators to find solutions so we no longer have to rely on phone boxes in the district to make a call!”