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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.


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.


Ibis JFC beaten in USA Cup final

The Kendal teenagers capped of a fantastic week at the USA Cup by making it all the way to their age bracket final yesterday. Although they were eventually beaten 7-2 by the Icelandic side FYLKIR the boys did the region proud, their highlight being a tense 2-0 victory of Mexico's Colegio Vista in the semi final.

Ibis JFC shortly before beating Colegio Vista 2-0 Credit: Ibis JFC
Runners up with their medals. Well done boys Credit: IBIS JFC

Assault in Kendal

Police are appealing for witnesses to an alleged assault in Kendal. A man was attacked at around 3am this morning in Stricklandgate near to the Birdcage. He's being treated for injuries after he was kicked and punched to the head. Detectives want to speak to a man who's described as 5ft 8in tall and wearing a camouflage jacket.

Kendal's IBIS FC crowned group winners at USA Cup

IBIS Junior FC have secured a victory in their last group game at the USA Cup in Blaine, Minnesota.

IBIS Junior FC were crowned group winners last night Credit: ITV Border

The team from Kendal won 9 - 1 to be crowned group winners.

The quarter final will take place tomorrow at 5pm (11pm GMT) against an as yet undecided opposition.

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