The public pay phone at Marashen Crescent in Port Erin is earmarked for removal because – as fewer than 40 calls were made from it last year – it is not used enough.
When the local authority heard the news, the clerk Jason Roberts asked the Marashen Crescent Housing Committee (MCHC), which oversees housing for many elderly people who may use the pay phone, if it would be missed.
Last week, Mr Roberts told Port Erin commissioners MCHC ‘is not bothered about it’. He said the authority could: pay £300 a year to keep it operating; pay £1 for the box, and the phone would be removed, when it could then be used for another purpose, such as a notice board; or removed.
Nick Watterson proposed they remove the box. As there is a 60-day notice period, he added: ‘If someone wants to write in and canvas us as to why it should be kept, they can do it in a reasonable amount of time.’
He was seconded by Martin Norbury.