Telephone Kiosk, Kinneddar Park

Telephone Kiosk, Kinneddar Park

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Towards the end of 2008, British Telecommunications PLC informed
Fife Council that they were considering decommissioning a number of
their telephone kiosks. They also indicated that they would possibly be
prepared to allow local communities to adopt the kiosks.
One of the kiosks concerned was located at Kinneddar Park and following
consultations with the residents of this tiny hamlet, the Saline & Steelend
Community Council decided to apply to adopt the kiosk. Following
lengthy and often frustrating negotiations, the legal ownership of the
decommissioned kiosk was nally transferred to the community council
on 7th February 2010. The price charged for the kiosk was £1.
This is the last remaining old-style red telephone kiosk in the parish.
Designated the K6, the red kiosk was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Sadly,
the King did not live to see any such examples installed. Initially known
as the ‘Jubilee’ kiosk, some 70,000 examples were installed around the
UK between 1936 and 1968. Kiosk number 6, or K6, is the sixth British
telephone box design, superseding its predecessors (although the K5
never went into production). The K6 kiosk is recognised on a global
scale as an emblem of Britain, along with double-decker buses and
pillarboxes; all red!

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