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BT ENGAGED IN CALLBOX ROW

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The Civic Trust has taken BT to task about the way it claims the communications giant is turning its telephone boxes into 'street clutter'. Trust chairman Mike Gwilliam said this week that the company was 'pushing its luck' - first by scrapping its classic Giles Gilbert Scott- designed K2 boxes and now by 'defacing' its new boxes by allowing a rash of advertisements in their windows. The issue is a legal grey area depending on whether planning law considers boxes to be 'buildings', inside which rules allow adverts to be displayed without consent from councils. The trust has asked the government to give a 'clear lead' on the issue.

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