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Payphones cause loitering, degrade quality of neighbourhood: Strachan

Two payphones in downtown Barrie could be removed if a motion passes at city council. Coun. Lynn Strachan says they cause loitering and degrade the quality of the neighbourhood. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Two payphones in downtown Barrie could be removed if a motion passes at city council. Coun. Lynn Strachan says they cause loitering and degrade the quality of the neighbourhood. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

The city could be hanging up on two payphones in downtown Barrie.

Councillors are asking the city’s information technology department to investigate Bell removing the phones, which are located near the corner of Dunlop and Maple streets

Coun. Lynn Strachan, who represents this area, said the Barrie Downtown Neighbourhood Association and businesses there have concerns about them.

“The pay phones cause loitering in the area and are seen to be degrading the quality of the neighbourhood,” she said. “It is my personal belief that the pay phones are often used to conduct illegal activity. This makes business difficult for people in the area.

“We want a safe and secure downtown and I think removal of these pay phones will help. It won’t solve all the problems, but it will make a difference in that area.’

Strachan said there are payphones at the Barrie Bus Terminal, just down the street, for people who need a telephone.

The motion to look into removing the two phones will be considered for final approval on April 29.

barrie.news@sunmedia.ca

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