Reprieve for Ellon phone box

Councillors Thomson and Kloppert have welcomed the reprieve for the phone box
Councillors Thomson and Kloppert have welcomed the reprieve for the phone box

Confirmation by BT that the under-threat public phone box at Modley in Ellon has been reprieved has been welcomed in the town.

The decision to retain the kiosk - one of a number across Aberdeenshire which had been placed under review by the telecoms giant - was taken after representations that it should be kept in service.

Local councillor Richard Thomson said: “Despite being a private company, BT still has a public service obligation when it comes to providing a pay phone network.

“The phone box at Modley is one which the stats showed was still being used reasonably regularly - something which I made sure was brought to BT’s attention,” he said.

“Not everyone has access at all times to a mobile or land line phone, so it’s good to know that this facility will remain in place for all who might need to use it in future.”

SNP colleague, Councillor Anouk Kloppert, added: “I’m pleased that BT has opted to keep this phone box in place.

“Even though we are used to the convenience of our mobiles, phone boxes can still be vital in an emergency.

“Instead of looking at ways to shrink the network, I hope BT start to look at how they can advance the service offered from call boxes.

“Perhaps this can be done by adding a wifi hotspot and USB charging sockets.

“That would be a cheap and effective way to make sure that the sites not only stay in use, but remain of use into the future.”