Stamford’s red phone box bought for £1

From left, Stamford Urban Group members Paul Rose and Davis Sones  mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner and town clerk Patricia Stuart- Mogg with the red phonebox the town has adopted for �1. Photo: Don Lambert EMN-140228-151203001

From left, Stamford Urban Group members Paul Rose and Davis Sones mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner and town clerk Patricia Stuart- Mogg with the red phonebox the town has adopted for �1. Photo: Don Lambert EMN-140228-151203001

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A traditional red telephone box could be turned into an information point for visitors after being bought by a town council for just £1.

Stamford Town Council agreed to purchase the box, on the corner of Station Road and High Street St Martin’s, from owner BT.

The idea to buy it came from Stamford Urban Group, a volunteer organisation that works on various street scene projects around the town.

Chairman Don Lambert said the group realised the box was “in a very sorry state and in dire need of restoration.”

He added: “Investigations revealed that this particular telephone box is Grade II listed. It also came to light that decommissioned BT phone boxes can be adopted by a town for the princely sum of just £1.”

Adoption has to be undertaken by either a town council or a registered charity, so Mr Lambert approached Stamford Town Council with the idea of taking it on.

He said: “After much discussion, the town council agreed to help and the town now owns a classic piece of British architecture and communication history.”

Members of the urban group are now discussing what to do with the phone box.

Mr Lambert said: “Red phone boxes have been adopted all over the country and are now used in a variety of novel ways, such as shops, mini-libraries or locations for emergency defibrillator equipment.

“The group’s initial idea is to use the box as an information centre, with internal panels containing useful information for visitors and tourists about services and points of interest in Stamford and also to advertise local businesses.

“It has been suggested that we name the box George, in honour of our future King and because of its proximity to the George Hotel, but we are open to suggestions.”

The group will also look for sponsorship to help fund the restoration and or carry out the work.