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Phone box bid ‘detrimental’ to town scene

Telephone boxes outside Abingdon Street Post Office Blackpool are listed

Telephone boxes outside Abingdon Street Post Office Blackpool are listed

The plug has been pulled on plans to convert a town centre phone box into a mini retail unit.

Blackpool Council planners have thrown out proposals to use one of the red phone kiosks outside the former Abingdon Street Post Office, possibly for coffee sales.

Brighton-based architect Miles Broe had lodged the application on behalf of charity Thinking Out of the Box which is working with BT to find new uses for telephone kiosks which have largely fallen out of favour.

But the council ruled the conversion would have a “detrimental impact” on the appearance of the Post Office which is listed.

Planners said the changes “would disrupt the symmetry of the eight listed telephone call boxes on Abingdon Street and would be detrimental to the setting of the General Post Office listed building immediately behind the boxes and the character of the Town Centre Conservation Area.”

The plan would have meant removing the phone equipment and installing a dispensing unit in the kiosk which is one of eight which were built in 1935 and are Grade II listed.

 

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