Three of Helsby’s four telephone boxes are under threat of being removed by BT.
The Chronicle featured the campaign to save the village’s only red phone box last month, but now it may be the end of the line for those at The Paddock on Alvanley Road and opposite Bates Lane on Chester Road as well.
Helsby resident Lance Yates is keen to retain all three and spearheaded the drive to preserve the red phone box opposite Crescent Drive on Chester Road, arguing it is one of the only pieces of ‘interesting street furniture’ in the village.
A petition was placed in Helsby Post Office and has been signed by more than 400 people.
Of the news that more phone boxes may be removed, Mr Yates said: “Talking to people who live near Helsby Quarry - which is near The Paddock phone box - they say phone reception is not good there.
“They were mortified at the thought that there might not be anywhere they could go in an emergency.
“Helsby would only have one telephone box down by the lights at Tesco. The rest of the village would not have any phones at all if anybody legitimately needs it in an emergency.”
But Cllr Les Ford says he has never seen anybody use the phone box which his office overlooks.
“Personally, I think that the only one that might need to be retained is the red one for its history. These days most people have a mobile phone and this is why people aren’t using phone boxes,” he said.
A spokesperson for BT explained that the facilities are ‘very rarely used’ and that there are four within an approximate radius of 900 metres.
Helsby Parish Council clerk Jeanette Hughes said the council had objected to the removal of the red telephone box and that the other two phone boxes are on the agenda for discussion at their next meeting on November 10.
To comment on BT’s proposal, write to the rural localities team at CWaC HQ, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP, or email email@example.com by December 11.