Consultation by BT with residents through South Tarrant Valley Parish Council November 2019

Telephone boxes in Tarrant Keyneston and Tarrant RushtonPlanning application reference: (2/2019/1451/PDT)

BT are consulting on taking the telephone service away from various sites in North Dorset, including the boxes in Tarrants Keyneston and Rushton and have put notices in the boxes to highlight this.

An excerpt from the covering letter to their application (reference above) is as follows:
‘Overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage. This is important because as long as there is network coverage, it’s now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider.’

The Parish Council is putting this on our 12th November agenda so discussion can consider mobile reception in these areas, whether to ‘adopt’ the boxes under the scheme run by BT and anything else councillors and residents may want to include. Further information can be found online at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/planning.

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About the Parish & Parish Council

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A parish council is the first level of local government and the closest to the community it serves.  The South Tarrant Valley Council exists to help residents and be a point of contact for ideas and suggestions for improvements in the village.  The powers and duties, and the manner in which a parish council operates as laid out in local government statute and regulations. The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer, and owner of public land and buildings.

There are 209 dwellings in the parish with a population of 520.  Local employment opportunities are largely in farming, but a significant number work from home. The parish has one North/South road, the B3082 linking Blandford (3 miles)and Wimborne (6 miles) the two main towns to which parishioners turn for services. There is also the rural valley road following the river and linking the four parishes and the North end of the Tarrant Valley. Public transport is scarce although community transport schemes are available. Residents rely largely on their own transport to access services. A school bus takes primary school children to Spetisbury, and secondary school children to Blandford.

The parish has one pub,  and a village hall with large open play area at Keynston. There are three active churches and a private church within the parish, which is part of the Chase Benefice.

In addition there are 2 small campsites within Tarrant Keynston run by other  local businesses.

There is a lively community spirit within the Parish including, The Tarrant Valley Players, Tarrant Ladies Group and a Playgroup.