Community outrage after BT serves eviction notice on Banbury Phone Box Library

The good people of Banbury are up in arms after BT placed an eviction notice on the much-loved Phone Box Library initiative outside St John’s Church in South Bar.

The telecommunications company has put up a note on the door saying it “understands the good intentions behind the book exchange initiative” but that it is “however concerned the books and shelving could cause injury if they were to fall”.

BT Care have put a letter in the Banbury Phone Box Library saying the books will be removed due to health and safety reasons, much to the anger of town residents. NNL-150219-095740001

BT Care have put a letter in the Banbury Phone Box Library saying the books will be removed due to health and safety reasons, much to the anger of town residents. NNL-150219-095740001

As the news broke yesterday (Wednesday) Twitter was awash with dismay, sarcastic comments and sheer disbelief at the red tape.

The donated books are free for people to take, keep or return for someone else to enjoy. It was started in the summer by somebody who wanted to spread a little happiness – but who wants to keep their identity a secret.

But fear not, your local paper is behind you and will fight this!

Hundreds of comments have been posted on Twitter using the hashtag #SaveOurPhoneBoxLibrary.

Comments include:

@r_holmes81: An eviction notice on a phone box library @BTCare shame on you! @TonyBaldry @banburynews #saveourphoneboxlibrary

@JaneWardAlex: Great idea, ridiculous response from BT. #SaveOurPhoneboxLibrary

@Hanban21: @BTCare what, other than bad PR, will you achieve by forcing the cessation of the phone box library in Banbury? #SaveOurPhoneboxLibrary

@RainbowKrystal: @MailOnline our lovely phone box library in Banbury has been served notice by BT. Help us to save it! #saveourphoneboxlibrary

@booksinkbanbury: @Jgibbins @banburynews I pledge to top up the shelves if @BTCare let it stay #SaveOurPhoneboxLibrary

@Jgibbins: Charming initiative threatened by ridiculous red tape. Do not fear, we’ll take up the fight for Banbury #SaveOurPhoneboxLibrary @BTCare

And finally, even American President Barack Obama is in the loop – @pistoltommy: @BarackObama Too true Mr President, so please could you help save the wonderful Banbury phonebox library in England #SaveOurPhoneboxLibrary

For past Banbury Guardian stories on the Phone Box Library, click here and here.

Further updates will be posted here later.