PHONE boxes are to become a rare sight in rural Cheshire after BT announced they want to remove 19 from the area.

Of those, 11 have been used 35 times or less in the last year and five of those 11 have only been used once or not at all.

Phone boxes which will disappear include those in Malpas, Tarvin, Farndon, Upton, Chester, Beeston and Lower Kinnerton.

At a parish council meeting in Malpas, councillors decided not to comment on the removal of the pay phone from Sunnyside in the village.

Cllr Keith Ebben said: “If it’s not used and all that happens is it gets vandalised, then they should remove it.”

He urged the council not to comment but to “let them get on with it”.

City councillor and Farndon parish councillor Paul Roberts said on the rare occasions they are used they can be vital and a service will disappear if the one in Farndon is removed.

Full story in Friday’s edition of The Chronicle.