NEARLY 40 phone boxes in Shetland remain up for ‘adoption’, including the one outside the sorting office on Lerwick’s Commercial Street.
Other boxes up for adoption include the B-listed kiosk at Shirva in Fair Isle, while the rest are dotted around Shetland in locations such as Hillswick, Bressay, Aith and Baltasound.
BT is allowing communities to ‘adopt’ redundant phone boxes for a cost of just £1.
Since 2008 a total of 482 phone boxes in the UK have been adopted and transformed into everything from defibrillator units to mini history museums and book exchanges.
Communities can adopt a kiosk if they are a recognised public body, such as a community council or town council.
Boxes can also be adopted by registered charities or by individuals who have a payphone on their own land.
BT will continue to provide electricity, if already in place, to power the light for adopted phone boxes, free of charge.
BT Enterprise unit director for Scotland Alan Lees said: “With most people now using mobile phones, it’s led to a huge drop in the number of calls made from payphones.
“At the same time, mobile coverage has improved significantly in recent years due to investment in masts, particularly in rural areas.
“We’re currently rationalising our payphone estate to make it fit for the future, and the ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme makes it possible for local communities in across Scotland to retain their local phone box, with a refreshed purpose for the community.”
More details can be found online.
The full list of payphones currently available for adoption in Shetland is as follows:
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