Saturday, 20 August 2011

Heathcock Calls On BT To See The Light Over Phone Kiosks


Telephone giant, British Telecom, is being urged to think again after deciding to switch off the lights in public phone kiosks across Cambridge.
 
The call comes from Cambridge County Councillor, Geoff Heathcock after he alerted BT to the fact that the internal light was out in a payphone kiosk in Hills Road.
 
He also told the company that nearby vegetation had been allowed to become overgrown making the location even darker.
 
BT told him that, having looked at its environmental policy, it had decided to turn the lights off in kiosks that were not being used on a regular basis.
 
Cllr Heathcock, who represents Queen Ediths, said: “This is a chicken and egg situation; people are unlikely to use the phone kiosks if they can’t see inside.
 
“I have urged BT to review this decision especially for kiosks in areas with a significant student population. Young women will be especially anxious about using a payphone in the dark. I hope the company will see how its decision will make life difficult in the city and think again.”