Phone Library books cleared

The Banbury Phonebox Library might have been cleared of all its books this week, but telecommunications giant BT is still working hard to find a positive outcome.

The iconic red phone box next to St John’s Church on Oxford Road has been widely supported by town residents and businesses since it was served an eviction notice by BT last month for health and safety reasons.

The library project was set up to spread a bit of happiness in the town, and as news about the eviction notice spread, many residents in the town stood up in support of the community initiative and took to social media with the hashtag #SaveOurPhoneBox Library on Twitter.

Speaking about the eviction notice, the creator of the project, who wishes to remain anonymous, described it as ‘soul-destroying’.

But despite the phonebox returning back to a normal payphone this week, BT has said they are still in discussions with Banbury Town Council, who expressed an interest in adopting the phonebox themselves.

A spokesperson for BT said: “We can confirm the owner of the books has now removed them. In the meantime, BT is in discussions with the town council about a longer term solution as we’re still very keen for this story to have a happy ending.”

The phonebox library received notable support by many people in Banbury, including MP Sir Tony Baldry, who donated some of his own books to be used in the phonebox, and Banbury mayor Sean Woodcock, who offered to help buy it.

Banbury Town Council has said it will be releasing further information about the discussions with BT later this week.