Telephone Box & Book Exchange

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The Telephone Box in Ley Orchard has been discontinued and was removed on March 29th 2018 on way to its new location.

Telephone box in Ley Orchard

Willersey has decided to adopt the telephone box (for a pound) for other uses. Please do send your ideas for its future use to the Parish Council.

Looking very smart, the Telephone Box was installed on a concrete base in the Community Garden in August 2021 at the Village Hall as a book exchange.

Telephone box in Community Garden

It is situated near the Village Hall. Our thanks go to the Parish Council for funding the restoration and positioning of the box. The book exchange is now ready for use . The idea is…..‘Bring a book and take a book!’. The Village Hall Committee, who are now responsible for the box, hope that you will all enjoy both the book exchange and the garden….a perfect place to meet friends and neighbours, chat and relax. For further information or to report any problems please ring Ann Embury 859309 or any member of the Village Hall committee.
(Willersey Garage also has a selection of books for sale for charity.)

Here are some ideas from the UK and other countries:-     One    and two.

Cotswold District Council has issued its draft decision. This was subject to consultation until 12 Noon on 23rd December 2016. Under the rules established by Ofcom, the council is obliged to publish a draft decision, and consult locally and with BT for one month, prior to the publication of our final decision, in time for British Telecom's deadline of 5th January 2017. Overall, the draft objects to the removal of 19 public call boxes, and supports the proposed adoption of five others. Objections are proposed where we have received justified objections from parish or town councils, or where other factors justify the retention (factors such as the level of usage, mobile phone coverage, accident hotspot). We do not believe we are in a position to object to the other boxes subject to this consultation, based on the evidence we have.
CDC has supported adoption of five phone boxes, where the community has expressed this wish, and there are limited grounds to support the retention of the telephony (for clarity, when a box is adopted, the telephony is removed, and the community takes on the ownership of the call box to use as it sees fit. While telephony is lost, the telephone box is preserved in situ, retaining its aesthetic value, and often being repurposed for community benefit. This option will no longer be possible after the close of BT's consultation on 5th January. Further comments were made to, by 12:00 Noon on 23rd December 2016.

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