REFURBISHMENT OF SUSSEX K6 RED TELEPHONE BOXES
2018 COMPETITION LAUNCHED
The red K6 public telephone boxes, much-loved and iconic features of the British landscape, have increasingly been under threat from the development of mobile technology, neglect and vandalism.
In the spring and summer of 2015 the Sussex Heritage Trust carried out a survey into the survival and condition of red K6 telephone boxes in East and West Sussex. This was in conjunction with Sussex Associations of Local Councils (SALC) and the South Downs National Park Authority. The surveys indicated the telephone boxes were in slow decline and at worst critically at risk or had already been removed from their parishes.
The Sussex Heritage Trust has produced a guide, which explains the history of the famous red telephone boxes, provides information on their survival in Sussex and offers advice on how local communities can become involved in their future management, both to serve their original purpose and also for a range of new functions.
On 6th October 2017, the Sussex Association of Local Councils (SALC) announced the winner of a competition to find the most imaginative use of redundant K6 Red Telephone box in Sussex. The Award was won by Ticehurst Parish Council and included a certificate and £300 worth of SALC vouchers. Lord Ampthill, President of East Sussex Association of Local Councils, presented the Award to Councillor Anne Cook of Ticehurst PC. The runner up of the competition was Heathfield & Waldron PC.
Following the success by Ticehurst PC in winning last year’s award with Heathfield & Waldron PC as runner up, the 2018 competition has been launched in association with Sussex Heritage Trust.
We are looking for imaginative uses of K6 phone boxes in communities where the initiative has been supported by the local town or parish council. Across the Country 5,000 redundant phone boxes have now been adopted – so there will be one very close to you!
Such an imaginative use is that by Kingsbridge Town Council in Devon where, believe it or not, the phone box has been turned into a nightclub, complete with glitter ball, lighting and a sound system. Use of the dial a disc system costs £1 and all proceeds go the Kingsbridge Charity.
We look forward to something similarly imaginative in Sussex; the winner and runner up will be announced at the WSALC or ESALC Conferences in October when cash vouchers to be used against SSALC services will be awarded.
Entries with photographs and description are to be with SSALC CEO by Friday 7th September 2018 and will be judged by an independent panel. More information on how to enter can be found here.
For full details of the Sussex Heritage Trust Red Telephone Box Campaign and for a free guide about how to preserve your red telephone box and change its use please click here.
To join the campaign, post your pictures of red K6 public telephone boxes in Sussex on our instagram page.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of the guide.