Clavering villagers call on parish council to save phone box

From left, Billie Rochford, Laura Clare, Liz Newton and Rhona Norden in the phone box. From left, Billie Rochford, Laura Clare, Liz Newton and Rhona Norden in the phone box.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
9:51 AM

Campaigners have formed a group in efforts to try and save a 1930s phone box.

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The Clavering villagers have come together to persuade the parish council to retain the utility, which is at the junction of Skeins Way and Pelham Road.

Jacqueline Cooper, Clavering Local History Recorder, said: “It was bought by the council from BT when they made it redundant four years ago, but it was acquired in a poor state and needs a great deal of work to restore.

“We have formed a group to persuade the parish council to keep it, refurbish it and make it available for community use.

“We have offered to try to raise some of the cost if need be, so it can be retained and used. We feel sure that once refurbished, it will be a village heritage asset and prove very useful.”

Around 20 people are in the working group, which also as well as 60 supporters. Dozens of people have signed a letter on the Clavering Facebook page in support.

“We want to turn it into the Clavering History Box, to be used for local history leaflets, nature trail, village walks and village information,” added Jacqueline. “Many other villages have carried out similar projects.”

The group gave a presentation to the annual parish meeting this week, with a letter of support agreed by more than 80 people. The topic is on the council’s agenda for May 12.

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