Barnet's Labour councillors have highlighted the poor state of phone boxes on the borough’s streets, with many not working, vandalised, covered in graffiti or in a poor state of repair.
At last week’s Environment Committee (14 March), Labour councillors got unanimous agreement to seek urgent action. Officers have been asked to compile a detailed report on the scale of the problem to present to the telephone companies and to look at what powers the Council has if they fail to act.
Labour Environment spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: “It’s time for BT and other phone companies to clean up their act. We won’t accept their telephone boxes presenting a negative image of our high streets and town centres”.
Chair of Cricklewood Groves Residents Association and Labour council candidate for Childs Hill ward, Anne Clarke said: “The Cricklewood Town Team has been pushing for years to get BT to remove grotty phone boxes which blight our town centres. Labour Brent Council have backed us on this and BT have committed to regular phone box cleaning and removal in Brent. Unfortunately, Tory Barnet Council has been too slow and apathetic to work with the community to get these boxes removed or maintained.”
- A copy of Cllr Schneiderman's member's item on the issue can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s45511/Members%20Items.pdf
For further information contact:
Cllr Alan Schneiderman: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568