Disgruntled teenagers accuse village elders of "racism" after refusing to post BLM messages in disused phone booths
- Youngsters in a Wiltshire village wanted to use a phone booth as a BLM message
- Telephone booths were used to house telephones in the 20th century
- With the advent of mobile communication, the use of the fixed network has decreased
- "Traditional" phone booths in many heritage sites have been realigned
A series has broken out after teenagers demanded that a Black Lives Matters message be posted in a disused phone booth.
Urchfont, near Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, has a population of around 1,000 but has become the site of an international series of races.
Young people have accused “village elders” of “racism” after preventing the young people from posting messages in support of the BLM movement.
Urchfont parish council was asked by a group of young people angry about the death of George Floyd in America if they could use the box to create a "historical information point".
The teenagers pictured in Urchfront, Wiltshire wanted to put a poster that read "Black Lives Matter" in their local abandoned mailbox to highlight the vital issue
Emily Kinnaird, pictured, petitioned the local council to bring the matter to the attention of the poster, but her plan was rejected by five to three votes
Local teenagers wanted to use the abandoned phone booth as an information point about the Black Lives Matter movement
The local council voted against the proposal with five to three votes
Teenagers who wanted to re-use the phone booth were told that the plan was rejected by five to three votes.
Emily Kinnaird said of the meeting, “Me and my friends thought it would be beneficial if Urchfont showed their support for the Black Community.
"I think it is important to use education to raise awareness of racism, especially in predominantly white Wiltshire."
However, a majority in the local council claimed: "The phone booth should only be used for communal purposes as this proposal, which covers the broader issue of racism, should be rejected."
Parish Council Chairman Graham Day said: “The parish council discussed a proposal for possible use of the high street phone booth owned by the parish council.
& # 39; A long debate on this issue took place in our established virtual meeting format, with significant public input from both those in attendance and others who had submitted comments to our case officer.
The Urchfont City Council is an apolitical body with 11 voluntary members. It represents the interests of all residents of the community. & # 39;
A member of the public who attended the meeting through Zoom said: “Although the current proposal does not mention Black Lives Matter, an overtly political movement is clearly the catalyst, a movement that is demonstrably controversial and in itself offers little to get around to improve the life of the Urchfont community.
"Both the previous and current question [s] clearly indicate that it serves the particular interests of a particular group and therefore does not qualify for application to the wider community regardless of merit."