A parish councillor for Cam East has spoken and voted against the moving of a telephone kiosk from its location at Cam Green in the English county of Gloucestershire to nearby Ashmead after a request was made by resident Geoff Beard.
Councillor Jonathan Bishop, speaking at the Cam Parish Council meeting on 1 February 2017, opposed the calls by Geoff Beard on behalf of Cam Green Defibrillator Project, to move the phone box from opposite the playing field in Cam Green to Ashmead. “I do not believe this group speaks for the wider community,” Councillor Bishop said. “I am confident that if the community were asked that they would say they want the phone box to stay where it is.”
Councillor Bishop had previously asked councillors on Cam Parish Council to support keeping the phone box at Draycott, which Cam Parish Council refused to support, prior to a humiliating climb down by councillors at a special meeting of 11 February 2017.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Bishop said that other councillors were not acting on behalf of the whole community. “Councillors do not appear to understand the importance of maintaining cultural artefacts,” he said. “I know that when the wider community finds out that councillors have supported moving the phone box at Cam Green that there will be outrage, just as there was when they refused to accept my motion to adopt the phone box at Draycott.”
Geoff Beard of the Cam Green Defibrillator Project said that the phone box at Cam Green was an “eyesore” and should be moved from its current location. Councillors agreed to the proposal to move the phone box from Cam Green following a motion put by Councillor Tina Bouttle. Councillor Mike Grimshaw was the only other councillor to support Councillor Bishop’s objections.