Work continues on red telephone box
PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 December 2012
Honiton Town Council to investigate possible relocation sites.
Work to restore a red telephone box in Honiton is going to be allowed to continue and has even won over some sceptics in the town council.
At a policy committee meeting last week, Honiton Town Council was advised that work was continuing on the phone box, which is one of only two left in the town, and agreed to allow it to continue.
Councillor Sharon Pavey said: “We have started work on it and started painting it - you can already see the difference.”
Painting work started last month - with Councillors Pavey, Les Bayliss and John Zarczynski leading the way - but efforts have been thwarted by the bad weather.
She added: “We have had quite a difficult time finding a day that it was not raining.”
The mayor, Councillor David Foster congratulated councillors’ efforts so far and said: “I was a massive sceptic of the phone box but it does look a lot better.”
Councillor Pavey also told the meeting that they have discussed possibilities of where and how to move the phone box at a minimum expense.
The town clerk said that in the past Allhallows Museum had been happy to accommodate it but East Devon District Council had advised the council that there could be problems regarding planning permission to relocate the phone box outside the museum.
Councillor John Taylor said it would be nice to have it used by the museum or tourist information and it could prove useful to the town.
The money spent so far on the restoration has been used to buy paint.
Councillor Roy Coombs said: “There is no reason why it shouldn’t stay where it is, which is going to be the cheapest option.”
It was decided that Councillor Pavey will investigate possible relocation sites and report back to the next policy committee meeting.
The town council has already received a letter from a local resident in support of saving the phone box.