Red telephone boxes up for adoption – with communities in this area invited to take them on for just £1

BT has put 28 red phone boxes up for adoption in East Yorkshire, with communities invited to take them on for just £1.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 6:50 pm
Phone boxes have been transformed into book exchanges, museums, art galleries and defibrillators.
Phone boxes have been transformed into book exchanges, museums, art galleries and defibrillators.

The company’s Adopt a Kiosk scheme has seen almost 4,000 of its red phone boxes, once a staple of British high streets, go up for sale.

BT has offered communities the chance to transform the boxes which have fallen out of use since the rise of mobile phones.

Sarah Walker, BT’s enterprise unit director for the North of England, said communities had already come up with “thousands” of ideas to bring the boxes back to life.

It comes as 443 phone boxes have been given to communities under the Adopt a Kiosk scheme since 2008 and transformed into book exchanges, museums, art galleries and defibrillators.

Phone boxes up for grabs include: Main Street, Hotham, Nunnery Walk and opposite Market Place at South Cave, Allerthorpe, Nunburnholme, Kirby Underdale, and the telephone exchange on Main Street, Bishop Wilton.

A BT spokesman said: “Applying is quick and easy and we’re always happy to speak to communities about adopting our phone boxes.”

For more information visit www.bt.com/adopt.

Article by Joe Gerrard, Local Democracy Reporting Service