Iconic red phone box ‘needs to stay’ ... and more from Rothbury Parish Council

Rothbury red telephone box in the centre of the village that is now being used as a noticeboard. Picture by Jane Coltman
Rothbury red telephone box in the centre of the village that is now being used as a noticeboard. Picture by Jane Coltman

Rothbury Parish Council wants to keep the iconic red phone box in the village.

It comes after a resident inquired whether they could have it for their garden. Members agreed it needs to stay where it is as it is a heritage asset and these types of phone boxes are rare.

MORE FROM LAST WEEK’S PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

○ The dedicated volunteers behind Rothbury’s festive lights display have said that the village bridge cannot be illuminated at Christmas time. The team had hoped to light up the structure, but following feedback from the county council, they have been told that this is not possible, for a number of reasons.

○ The parish council has agreed to pay for the maintenance of interactive speed signage, proposed for the B6341.

Coun chairman Jeff Sutton said ‘they were a must’, while Coun Peter Dawson added: “We should grasp this opportunity with both hands.”

○ The county council will carry out speed/pedestrian surveys, following a parish-council request for a pedestrian crossing at Garleigh Road and traffic-calming at Whitton View.

○ The parish council will also ask for a larger ‘free parking sign’ to direct people to the Haugh car park.

Coun Sutton said: “I think there is a case for it. You need binoculars to see the one that is there now, it is tiny.”

○ Residents are being encouraged to donate any flowers/plants they might have to go into a sensory garden, which is to be established in the village.