Alastair Majury on Dunblane’s Gold Phone Box
The traditional red phone box at the foot of the Old Doune Road in Dunblane is now under community ownership, with the Dunblane Young Persons’s Project (DYPP) painting the iconic phone box gold to match Andy Murray’s golden post box. This project has benefitted from a grant from the local windfarm, which will also see half-barrel planters placed in the green space across the road. Now that the phone box has been painted attention to the inside, with ideas including using this as a station for a automated external defibrillator (AED).
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“The work done by the local Community Council and the DYPP to save and preserve this phone box is a credit to the community and I look forward to seeing the plans for the inside of the phone box.”
Notes To Readers:
The post box was painted gold by the Royal Mail to celebrate Andy Murray winning gold in the Tennis Men’s Singles at the London 2012 Olympics.
The phone box was adopted under BT’s Adopt a Kiosk scheme has been successful in transforming unused payphone kiosks and preserves the heritage of the red kiosk, particularly in rural locations. We allow red kiosks to be adopted, subject to certain criteria such as low use and those not required for our own future plans.
Since BT launched our Adopt a Kiosk scheme, more than 4000 communities across the UK have seized the opportunity to do something wonderful with local phone boxes that had little or no usage. The growth of the mobile phone industry has inevitably meant phone box usage has dropped dramatically, and nearly half of the phone boxes in the UK have been removed, but there are still around 8000 red phone boxes which can be adopted.
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.