December 14th 2017.
There are three old and decommissioned K6 type phone boxes in our parish that now belong to Whitchurch and Ganarew Parish Council. They are located in Crockers Ash, Great Doward and Symonds Yat West and their present condition varies.
Wags have undertaken and are in the early stages of a general refurbishment of the first kiosk at Crockers Ash. Our aim is to eventually make all three them suitable for public use as information points primarily for visitors. They will be used to provide information about buildings and characters with historic connections and directions for walks both in the immediate area and longer routes connecting to the other phone boxes.
The Parish Council will also be providing leaflets and information.
Phase one. WAGS have obtained some finance to allow us to start work on the first box at Crockers Ash and we have cleared soil from around and foliage from above the box and assessed the work and materials required. At present inclement weather is preventing us from starting stage two.
This box leans slightly but is standing firm on its foundations. For some reason it seems to have been installed backwards with its windowless side facing the road but we cannot alter this within the funding available.
All replacement parts are still available from a few specialist companies and a completely restored kiosk would cost in the region of £2,000.00 to £3,000.00 plus transportation and lifting equipment and ground work.
In phase two we will carry out some minor repairs to rotting timber at the bottom of the door and replace all broken and perspex replacement windows with as original new glazing.
At present inclement weather is preventing us from starting stage
Phase three will be to clean down the paint inside and out then repaint it using the approved colours.
The florescent light in this box still works and is permanently on. Who pays the bill?