Irvine could be set to lose seven phone boxes with 650 earmarked to be cut across the country.

BT has proposed to remove seven kiosks around Irvine out of 11 across North Ayrshire.

These include;

• Pladda Terrace, Broomlands (zero calls over 12 months)

• Mull Terrace, Broomlands (two calls over 12 months)

• Campbell Place, Dreghorn (126 calls over 12 months)

• Townhead (456 calls over 12 months)

• Dick Terrace, Irvine (111 calls over 12 months)

• Caldon Road (297 calls in 12 months)

• Clark Drive / Bank Street junction (29 calls in 12 months)

A BT spokesperson said: “Most people now have a mobile phone and calls made from our public telephones have fallen by around 90 per cent in the past decade.

“We consider a number of factors before consulting on the removal of payphones, including whether others are available nearby and usage.

“The need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is also diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having either 3G/4G coverage.”

“This is important because as long as there is network coverage, it’s now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider.”

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