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Trojan telephone boxes

Consultation is underway on proposals to remove the right that allows the installation of public call boxes and their use for advertising without planning consent.

Credit: Fran Bernhardt

Credit: Fran Bernhardt

Although the use of public phones has declined, the Local Government Association has reported on an explosion of so called Trojan telephone boxes marching along our high streets carrying advertisements – often for junk food. The LGA says “As a result pedestrians are being bombarded with a series of eyesores that blight the public highway.”

Sustain is calling for the control of junk food advertising and for health to be considered as an element of amenity. To inform this Sustain is carrying out a survey of phone box advertising in high streets and would like your help. 

How you can help:

  • Tell us about the state of phone box advertising on your high street by carrying out our easy survey by 9 January. This will inform the evidence we submit.
  • Respond to the Government's proposals via their online survey before the closing date on 14 January.

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