Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, Mike Rumbles, has called for clarity amid the total confusion surrounding the fate of North East telephone boxes.
Mr Rumbles has been contacted by a number of constituents with concerns about the removal of vital phone boxes in North East black spots, including the proprietors of the Kildrummy Inn (pictured), with serious concerns surrounding public safety.
Members of the public are directed to contact the Local Authority planning department regarding objections to removal, however Mr Rumbles revealed that Aberdeenshire Council is completely unaware of any such consultation.
Mr Rumbles said:
“It is completely unacceptable that there should be such confusion between BT and Aberdeenshire Council over this issue.
“The phone box here at Kilrummy is a vital lifeline to both tourists and locals in a place where mobile phone signal is undeniably patchy. It’s clear that this is a public safety issue. BT need to give local people some clarity and a proper channel through which to direct their legitimate concerns.
“I, like many people here in Kildrummy, feel that this cost cutting exercise puts numerous locals and tourists at risk and that the completely misguided move to close this public telephone should be scrapped. It’s absolutely vital that a 999 facility be kept at this location.