BT announced plans in 2017 to scrap half of the UK’s 40,000 telephone boxes due to low usage.
If phoneboxes met certain criteria - such as being used to make more than 52 calls in 12 months, or if they are located near an accident or flooding blackspot - Rotherham Council can use their power of veto to save them from closure.
BT proposed to remove 18 phone boxes, but Rotherham Council used their veto to save nine of them, as many were used to make more than 52 calls.
Coun Denise Lelliott told the meeting that of “most of the nine, 52 calls were made in those phone boxes, so it does actually demonstrate a need.
“One of the phone boxes was used to report a serious road accident, and get emergency services there.
“They’ll keep trying till they’re all gone, but while ever there’s a need we’ve got to keep them.”
Phone boxes to be removed:-
Woodall Lane, Harthill
School Road, Wales
Sheffield Road, Rotherham
Brecks Lane, Wickersley
Ochre Dike Walk, Rotherham
Wingfield Road, Rotherham
Goodwin Way, Rotherham
Claypit Lane, Rawmarsh
Grange Road, Wath-upon-Dearne