Campaign to save red telephone box as defibrillator and library

A campaign has begun to save a red telephone box in Deal and use it as a public defibrillator and community library. Plans by BT to remove the listed telephone box in Alfred Square emerged in recent weeks. A group of residents approached me – and I am backing their campaign.

I have approached BT about retaining the box – and asked Deal Town Council to consider adoption. It would mean it being turned into a Public Access Defibrillator Site and a community library, allowing residents to pick up a book and replace it with one they have already read to keep it stocked.

The red telephone boxes have become icons of British culture and history. Nothing should stop communities making use of them if they want to. A defibrillator and a book store are two really important ways of doing that, while retaining that sense of historic identity too.  I fully support the campaign – and hope to help ensure the plans progress soon.

Beverley-Jane Last, who runs Heartstart South East Coast – a Walmer-based scheme which trains volunteers in life-saving heart treatments – has started a campaign to raise £3,000 for the defibrillator.  To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dealcommunitypublicaccessdefibrillatorbeverley-jayne-last.