Latest news – Eastleach Telephone box

A number of concerned parishioners have asked that we post the following that has been put on the parish council website, so please don’t shoot the messenger. “So it looks like they still do not want to save the village phone box for future generations.”
They have also asked me to point out ” According to the Local Government Act 1972 s 14(2) and 16(1) the PC must have no less than five elected parish councillors PLUS a chairman.The EPC has no chairman and only has 4 councillors. We therefore should question their ability to make decisions as the PC is not complying with statutory requirements.”

The Following Has Been Posted On The Parish Council Website – Latest news – Telephone box

B T has agreed that the telephone box is causing a damp problem to the cottage next to it and has therefore decided to remove the box in order to solve the problem.

B T has said that Eastleach P C can still adopt the box but would be charged £1200 for the cost of removal and a further £461 plus VAT for disconnection of power.

B T expects to carry out the removal early in the New Year. There is no guarantee that the box would survive removal without damage.

Eastleach P C has no land on which to re-site the box and does not have the funds to meet these costs. The next PC (Zoom) meeting is expected to be the second Wednesday in December when a decision on whether to adopt the box will be made.

As adoption of the box appears to be both impractical and unaffordable it seems regrettably that the PC will have to turn down adoption of the box.

Thoughts or suggestions from residents are welcomed.

Please email the Clerk at eastleachclerk@gmail.com

Rick Whiteley

Acting Chairman to Eastleach Parish Council

23rd November 2020

steve clarke
Author: steve clarke