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Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Bid to have old phone boxes removed

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Phone boxes in Laurence Street. These ones look to be in good condition but has anyone seen them in use in recent years?

Councillor Oliver Tully has asked Louth County Council to contact the owners of redundant telephone kiosks in Laurence Street, Palace Street and James Street to request them to be removed.

“These phone boxes are very seldom used since almost everyone carries a mobile phone these days” he said.

“They have fallen into a sorry state of repair with graffiti and unfortunately they are also being used for all manner of anti-social behaviours such as urination and worse by some individuals.

Louth County Council Dir4ector of Services Paddy Donnelly told the meeting that before the Fleadh earlier this year attempts had been made to identify the owners of the kiosks but due to multiple changes by communications companies who had sold them on to smaller niche operators, current ownership was difficult to establish.

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He added that, even if they could establish who owns the kiosks, removing them would be a difficult and costly operation due to the cabling issue.

Councillor Pio Smith said that, be that as it may, something has to be done to clean up the streetscape.

Mayor Frank Godfrey said that the town’s traders wanted them removed as they were attracting anti-social behaviour. He himself had seen people sleeping in phone boxes and many of them were damaged beyond repair.

Councillor Tully said that it was not a big ask. “They have been removed in other towns and the site left with just the concrete base” he said.

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