Time to dial C for a cup of coffee!

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Calling in to pick up a coffee could be set to take on a whole new meaning.

For folk could soon be able to buy their favourite brew from a phone box.

Plans have been submitted with Blackpool Council seeking permission to convert one of the red phone kiosks outside the former Abingdon Street Post Office into a mini retail outlet.

If the bid gets the go ahead, the phone equipment would be removed and a dispensing unit installed in its place.

It is also hoped the project would provide a business opportunity for someone.

Brighton-based architect Miles Broe has 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 as more people use mobile phones.

Miles said: “My client’s charity has come to an arrangement with BT who have thousands of telephone boxes around the country which are a maintenace headache.

“They are saying all these vacant boxes could be leased and used for retail.

“And the idea is also to provide a business opportunity for someone from the area.

“If the scheme gets the go ahead, we would bring in a roll-in cabinet, which I have designed. It is a sealed unit, like a dispensing unit.

“This retains these iconic boxes and maintains them. They are fantastic for busy areas where people just want to walk up and buy a tea or coffee.”

Similar plans are being suggested for telephone kiosks in towns including Brighton, Edinburgh and Leicester, with potential uses also including ice-cream sales or even a shoe-shine booth.

The Abingdon Street kiosk is one of eight which were built in 1935 and are Grade II listed.

Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust Joan Humble said: “The kiosk is one of eight telephone boxes and they are listed as a group and so to consider doing something different with one of them might break up the group.

“The Civic Trust would certainly want to look at this application closely.”