Phone boxes cause controversy in Kendal

Kendal Town Council wants to remove two phone boxes from the town's historic market place. BT say the council will have to pay £3745.

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Ukraine couple seek safety in Kendal

A woman from Cumbria who set up a foster home in Ukraine 12 years ago has welcomed two of its adoptive parents to Kendal for two weeks of respite.

Genesis House was set up with the help of donations from the people of Cumbria. Refugee children are continuing to seek shelter there as the situation in war torn Ukraine worsens. Amy Welch reports.

£75 fine for dog mess

Dog owners could receive a fine for not picking up their dog's mess
Dog owners could receive a fine for not picking up their dog's mess Credit: PA

Dog owners in Kendal are being warned to clean up after their pets of face fines.

Police officers and council enforcement officers will be able to hand out fines of £75 to anyone that doesn't tidy up their dog's mess.

Should unused phone boxes be removed?

When was the last time you used a phone box? All over the region, they are being used less and less, as more and more of us rely on our mobiles.

But that leads to another question: what will happen to phone boxes if no one is using them anymore?

In Kendal, the town council wants to get rid of two boxes in its historic market place. But it’s not proving to be as simple as you might think.

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BT: "Phone boxes are lifesavers in an emergency"

Kendal Town Council wants to remove two phone boxes from the town's market place and is asking what people think all summer in a consultations with the public and businesses.

It stresses no decision will be made until local people have a chance to say what they think.

BT say the can't remove a phone box if it's still making money and the council would have to pay nearly £4,000 to this to happen.

"I am afraid we just can’t put in or remove boxes for free or based on good will. We also do not have the stock of red phone boxes to meet requests.

“But what can we say, BT is the only communications company with a regulatory obligation to provide a public pay phone network covering all parts of the country. This means many phone boxes are available where there’s either a poor mobile signal or where there’s no mobile signal at all. So, these boxes are lifesavers in an emergency.

“However, a number of these boxes will be unprofitable as 71% of our boxes currently lose us money.”

– BT Spokeperson

9,000 sign petition to save hospital pharmacy

A petition, signed by 9,000 people, has been handed in to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust amid concerns of the planned ‘sell-off’ of hospital pharmacies.

The trust is currently proposing to sell off numerous NHS run pharmacies to the private sector, including one at the Westmorland General in Kendal.

Campaigners handed in the petition on Wednesday 23 July to the trust’s acting chair John Hutton, after which they held a public meeting to air their concerns about the closures.

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