Friday 20 May 2011 3.36pm
is unlikely to be getting any benefit from this. The rules relating to installing phone boxes (which are generally used only as advertising hoardings and are often inadequately maintained) are ridiculously slack. They are governed by the Electronic Communications Code: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/2553/contents/made
- the same rules apply to phone boxes as to street cabinets which contain essential telecommunications equipment.
Essentially, anyone who wants to instal a phone box can, by giving one month's notice to the relevant local authority. They don't need permission, just a lack of objection. Given the amount of work that needs to be done by a council such as Southwark, this is rarely seen as a high priority.
The person who has installed the phone box has a number of obligations under the Code, but these are not always rigorously enforced.
What is really needed is an amendment to the Code, to provide a different rule for phone boxes requiring explicit planning permission, but I wouldn't hold my breath.