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Bid for new phone boxes in high-profile streets is blocked

14 April, 2017

The proposed new-look phone boxes by Maximus Networks Ltd

PLANS for dozens of new phone boxes that many feared would be primarily used for advertising have been blocked.

Maximus Networks Ltd had asked to install dozens of boxes in some of West­minster’s high-profile streets, including Marylebone Road, Baker Street, Haymarket and the Strand. They cited: “a need for public call boxes in a variety of cases and across all sections of the community.”

Westminster Council’s cabinet member for planning Daniel Astaire said the proposals were “totally unacceptable”.

The Soho Society, supporting the council, said in its objection: “The proposed kiosks, which will lack custom for their stated purpose of providing a payphone, will provide shelter for crime and anti-social behaviour to take place.”

Planning committee chairman Cllr Richard Beddoe said the decision was made “on siting and design grounds as they would add clutter to our streets and affect pedestrian movement and safety”.

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